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Hawa Kaba's Art - Landscape, Culture, Diversity

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Hawa Kaba creates mixed media paintings that evoke the artist’s West African heritage and her life in multi-cultural Canada. Using photographic images, words, printed matter, paint, and found materials she evokes the landscape and culture of Africa, the richness of lives of women, the struggle for social justice, and her own personal memories.

The artist’s recent series, The Colors of the Mandé, was inspired by the artist’s trip to the traditional homelands of the Mandingo people in West Africa, and abstractly evokes both the landscape and the culture.

Kaba’s social awareness has formed a “raison d’?tre” for her art. She has expressed in her work the central importance of her African and Muslim heritage, and its joining with the other cultures in her life in Canada. Issues such as the struggle for racial justice in South Africa and in the United States, the African Diaspora, and public education recur in her paintings. Her works convey Kaba’s interest in women and women’s issues is conveyed. She sees her own work as an artist as an example to other African women who have traditionally been excluded from creative endeavors.

Kaba exhibitedher paintings extensively in solo exhibitions including three at the Spence Gallery, Toronto; at the Théâtre La Nouvelle Scéne, Ottawa; at Artists of the World, Calgary, and in many group exhibitions. Her work is in a number of public and corporate collections.

For details, visit Hawa's website at http://hawakaba.com or contact her at hawakaba@primus.ca. Phone number: 613-440-1167

Source: hawakaba.com