EMANCIPATION: A VISUAL HISTORY MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS BY HAWA KABA
On view at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery from January 15 through February 26, 2010
Teaneck, NJ – In honor of Black History Month, artist Hawa Kaba will exhibit mixed media paintings at the Edward Williams Gallery on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ from January 15 - February 26, 2010. Kaba’s paintings capture with beauty and passion both memories of the artist’s native West Africa and the complexities of life in multi-cultural Canada.
Kaba combines photo-transferred images, scripts, acrylic paint, and found materials in paintings that are charged with personal feeling and with a sense social awareness. In her highly textured works she celebrates the culture and landscape of Africa, the lives of women, the cause of social justice, and her own memories. Kaba’s works shift from the personal to the political, but always with a fine-tuned aesthetic sense emerging from the fabric of everyday life.
In this exhibition Kaba, who is based in Ottawa, Canada, will exhibit works, which represent some of the major themes of her oeuvre. There is a selection of works from various series including the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, The Real McCoy (which refers to the life of Inventor Elijah McCoy) and the Mandé series (Mandé refers to the traditional homelands of the Mandingo people in West Africa).
Kaba explores the theme of cultural diversity as a multi-layered experience. In a number of the paintings, the artist combines an African textile with the Arabic writing of the Koran (reflecting the artist’s Muslim heritage), Hebrew lettering, and signs of contemporary life, giving a sense of a happy coexistence of people from many different backgrounds.
The Edwards Williams Gallery, located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For directions or more information please call 201.692.2449.