Photo Credit: Kamau Ware

My art practice is centered around a concept I call Denbaw Gaari meaning mothers thread in the Bambara language. It is a process exploring maternal relationships. My mother taught me how to paint while we were living in Gabon and she instilled the importance of my Bambara heritage. Living in Brooklyn as a Black Malian woman expands my genetic memory linked to my love for bogolan (mudcloth) and the fact that my paternal grandmother handmade bogolan in Mali when she was young. Bogolan is a cotton fabric originating from Mali and created by the Bambara people, my paternal ancestors. 

Denbaw Gaari

TRAJET in collaboration with Kamau Ware