Through my exploration of Carnival, I embarked on a journey to connect with a culture and community. This journey transcended mere curiosity; it became an exploration of my own identity and the sheer exuberance of Black joy. At the heart of this exploration stands the Moko Jumbie—a figure steeped in the resilience of my ancestors, a symbol of protection and endurance amid adversity.

In my artistic expression, I aim to blend tradition with modernity, infusing each costume with elements that reflect my Caribbean heritage as well as the realities of the diasporic experience in Canada. The juxtaposition of traditional symbolism with contemporary styling, like the North Face jacket against the urban backdrop, speaks volumes about the intersectionality of my identity.

For me, embodying the Moko Jumbie is not just about donning a costume; it is a profound experience of pride and joy, as well as a moment where I truly feel connected to my communal heritage. I am Pixel Jumbie, the chosen protector aiming to continue my ancestor's legacy in the bustling streets of the 21st century metropolis.

“In essence, this work is a reflection of who I am and where I come from. It's a testament to the strength and resilience of the Black diaspora, and a celebration of our shared heritage. Through my art, I hope to continue this legacy and inspire others to embrace their own cultural identity with pride and purpose.”

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