Nyoka in her own words responds firmly to the active change-agent philosophy; "I wanted to discuss what and who a superhero is. Their function in society and especially the ways in which they inspire us to bravely assert our own narratives. Authorship is power; sorcery," Nyoka explains. "Whether it's a superhero, an anti-hero, a complicated villain or a straight up myth, who is telling the story is tantamount. They determine the value system in the narrative and this is some potent juju. In our currently sociopolitical climate the concept of a superhero is a strategy for perseverance, healing and survival."
Who are Wi-Moto Nyoka's personal superheroes? "As I move forward in my artistic practice I am constantly moved by the actions of my family members and my community. Both of my parents are activists in both big and small ways. I never really gave it much consideration growing up as it was just how things were. Now, I have surrounded myself with other artists whose work is simultaneously creative expression and social activism. I know that has everything to do with my parents."
Look out for more projects from Nyoka that expand on her use of genre elements for social change. "I am also working on a play that uses the horror genre as a means to explore second class citizenship in our society, I am continuing to work on the live aspects of The Last Days of Kartika (there's a staged show and some performance art that goes with the series) and I'm also writing and directing an action short."