Decolonial cyanotyping

Photo credit: © Randa Toko

Decolonial cyanotyping
as part of misery medicine: plant magic
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, London

As Lead Facilitator with Misery, a sober mental health collective by and for queer, trans and intersex black people and people of colour (QTIBPOC), Maymana Arefin designed and co-facilitated a decolonial cyanotyping session as part of their herbal and nature-centred programme. Teaching the community a technique that Maymana herself has been practising for a decade, the participants learned the process of making a cyanotype to record nature impressions whilst unpacking the colonial history entrenched in this method.