Day 51: Katya Akuma

New York City, NY, United States

She is ALL. She stands alone and proud. No madness is allowed. She trusts herself. She is a power, delicately pieced and blossoming like a flower. 

She – ETERNAL PEACE, carefully plants a seed that future generations need.

This artwork celebrates female energy that reflects strength, as well as vulnerability. The process of denim layering is guided by intuition and the repetitive act of hammering, which possesses symbolic qualities associated with taking back control of life. The intensive manual labor, including the use of a hammer, is my way of reflecting and challenging roles that historically have been assigned to men.


Katya Akuma is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on using ubiquitous, overlooked, culturally-rich materials to explore questions of identity and belonging, drawing upon her personal experience as an immigrant who has lived and worked in several countries. Katya has developed a unique storytelling technique involving layered discarded leather and denim. She holds a Master’s degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons, The New School for Design, and her works were recently exhibited at MoMA Pop Rally.


Please support Beauty for Freedom, a non-profit foundation, whose mission is to battle the crisis of human trafficking and empower survivors, raise revenue for survivors in the U.S.A and around the World, with a fresh approach of self-worth and empowerment through the arts.

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