About Artistrophe

LGBTQ Visual Artist in Toronto, Ontario

LGBTQ Art

My Soul Story

Give me your rebels, your misfits, your huddled outsiders yearning to breathe free, the wretched tangents to your perfect grid. Send these tribeless, self-exiled black sheep to me. I lift my torch. Shepardless, we shall stumble through the fog

Hi, Artistrophe here!
Also known as Milumbe Haimbe, I am a visual artist and a storyteller. I explore stories that you probably don’t get to see much of in mainstream media. You can call me the alternate storyteller.

I was born in Zambia, in central-southern Africa, where I grew up on farmlands on the outskirts of the capital city, Lusaka. Most of my childhood was spent roaming the savannah plains where I encountered endless adventures that nurtured the storyteller in me. I remember thinking that for sure I would be stuck in Opposite Day forever. I was always going left when the signs screamed right and crossing the river when the rest of the herd was heading for the plains. Well, I know now that I was not stuck in some twilight zone. I just never fit in The System.

The System is insidious because it can be anything. What is The System holding you back? I don’t know what systems are at play in your reality. But whatever they are, they are not inescapable. I know. I grew up in a very polite society. My ideas were too contrary for it. So I censored myself. I misrepresented myself. I was a phony for far too long. That is the system that imprisoned me. I am making my great escape – right here, right now. Through my creative universe I am taking the blinders and muzzle off, and brazenly embracing my true nature as the Alternate Storyteller. Maybe by embarking on my journey of truth – destination unknown – I may inspire you too to seek your own truth and embrace your power. You are not alone.

Roll with me

Forged in Fire and Ice

AFRICAN PROVERB
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together”

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