Mahari Chabwera is a painter and printmaker whose figurative paintings are dynamic and unmistakable. Her work is inspired to spiritual narratives and mythologies from Africa.
My (our) love is deeper than my (our) rage.
I am working from the archive of my (our) own body and experiences to create a conflated representation of my (our) potential with and without body. Through body. In and beyond my(our) physical. Yet, I’m no longer concerned with the conversation being mostly consumed with the condition of women’s blackness. History, Culture, Identity, ra ra.
What if there is not dual-consciousness? What if we don’t live bound by binaries? What if we have complete control over our minds, therein our consciousness? So we’re not defined by constraints socialized institutions predetermine. What if we stop herding ourselves.
What am I when I’m not black.
When I’m not a woman.
When I’m not a partner or a daughter.
When I don’t have a body
Our stories are told with our bodies. But at best, that’s where our stories begin. At worst that’s where they end.
I release my mental, physical and emotional bodies. And let Spirit guide me.
Making images as conduits to learn/experience the origin story of woman. (Woman as slang for humanity. Since we are all made as reflections of him (both woman and man)
We are the whole of her (or him)).
Painting reflections of her, the source, in these bodies.