Kokab: Celebrating Black Women and Nerd Culture

Kokab: Celebrating Black Women and Nerd Culture

Kokab Zohoori-Dossa, simply known as Kokab online, is an illustrator from Kingston. Her mother is from Iran and her father is from Benin and she has always pursued art. Her portfolio is packed with mystical characters that convey confidence and diversity.

“Most of my art is Afro-centric, with a focus on black women and nerd culture within the black community. The subject matter varies greatly within my work. Sometimes it’s very fantasy-like and other times more modern. I think there’s so much beauty and intrigue in the world and there are so many things to explore, so why limit myself? I want black people to look at my work and feel inspired, but also to see themselves within it and know that it is more than okay to be yourself and like the things you like, regardless of what others think.”

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Artwork number 1 from my series of artworks titled "Manaia" from the "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" exhibition here in Papakura, Auckland NZ. "Manaia" is a Māori mythological creature and symbol of a bird head on a man's torso with the lower half of a fish. He's a guardian and represents the air, land and waters. Each piece in this series depicts one of those elements, with a black woman at the center, signifying my feelings about being an immigrant in this country. The geometric "globes" represent the intersection of these elements with people all over the world, regardless of country. 💙 – – #art #illustration #artwork #manaia #blackart #papakura #thinkinggloballyactinglocally #newzealandart #blackwoman #drawing #land

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Artwork number 2 from my series of artworks titled "Manaia" from the "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" exhibition here in Papakura, Auckland NZ. "Manaia" is a Māori mythological creature and symbol of a bird head on a man's torso with the lower half of a fish. He's a guardian and represents the air, land and waters. Each piece in this series depicts one of those elements, with a black woman at the center, signifying my feelings about being an immigrant in this country. The geometric "globes" represent the intersection of these elements with people all over the world, regardless of country. 💙 – – #art #illustration #artwork #manaia #blackart #papakura #thinkinggloballyactinglocally #newzealandart #blackwoman #drawing #air

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Artwork number 3 from my series of artworks titled "Manaia" from the "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" exhibition here in Papakura, Auckland NZ. "Manaia" is a Māori mythological creature and symbol of a bird head on a man's torso with the lower half of a fish. He's a guardian and represents the air, land and waters. Each piece in this series depicts one of those elements, with a black woman at the center, signifying my feelings about being an immigrant in this country. The geometric "globes" represent the intersection of these elements with people all over the world, regardless of country. 💙 – – #art #illustration #artwork #manaia #blackart #papakura #thinkinggloballyactinglocally #newzealandart #blackwoman #drawing #sea

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