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Kokab Zohoori-Dossa: Understanding Myself Through My Art

Kokab Zohoori-Dossa is a 22 year old artist from Auckland, New Zealand. She seeks to inspire others through her artwork.

QIMG_3403.jpgKokab Zohoori-Dossa | Age: 22 | Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand


Tell us who you are and what you do!

My name is Kokab Zohoori-Dossa and I am an illustrator from Kingston, Jamaica. I was born in Jamaica, but my mother is from Iran and my dad is from Benin. I grew up in Kingston, and being from a mixed background really helped me to see things differently. I’ve always loved art in its various forms and my parents always encouraged me to do what I love, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to go to art school and pursue it more seriously. Art was (and still is) something I use to express myself and relate to the environment around me. I struggled a lot with my identity and my self esteem. My art gave me a way to better understand myself and my country, but also to help people understand themselves.

My friends and family have always inspired me, whether it is through their own strength and creativity, or how they support me, or even introducing me to new things. Many of my friends are creative people and having that community motivates and inspires me to become better. There are also many musicians, artists, film-makers and writers who inspire me. I am a lover of anyone that tells a good story, no matter the medium.

I’ve always loved knowledge and learning new things, and being on this journey has taught me a lot, from business relations, to discovering more about myself as a person. I don’t know where this path will take me, but I’m eager and nervous to find out.


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What is the inspiration for your work?

“I think there’s so much beauty and intrigue in the world and there are so many things to explore, so why limit myself?”

Much of my inspiration comes from the things I see around me everyday, whether it’s the people I observe, shows and movies I watch, books I read, comics, etc. 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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