Resistance and Care: Local artists making space for themselves & others
We invite you to watch these artist interviews, hosted by Mahlet Cuff, as a complement to the exhibition, which is on view now at the WAG.
Resistance and Care: Local artists making space for themselves & others is a series that highlights two local artists who will be telling us a bit about them, their practice and the way they make space for others. The artists are Sappfyre Mcleod and Glodi Bahati. These artists encapsulate what it means to handle their work with care as well as the community they interact with. You’ll get to know these artists through these intimate conversations in conjunction with the Born in Power exhibition. The Born in Power exhibition curated by Jaimie Isaac is an exhibition that unpacks the history of photography as a colonial tool, an imperial weapon of racial violence and objectification.
Thank you for your time and wisdom.
Glodi Bahati is a Congolese-born photographer, raised in Uganda as a refugee where she developed interest in art as comfort in her life. Bahati currently practises art and resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Themes of friendship, love, joy, beauty, exploring and navigating femininity are central to her most recent works, as she feels inspired by the community of women in her life and beyond. Her work is currently being exhibited at Take Home – BIPOC Arts House, in a group show called, Embodied; They Hold Their Own.
Sappfyre Mcleod is a poet operating from Treaty One. Her works create space for introspection with imagery that lingers and pacing that captivates. Themes in her works centre around heritage, diaspora, and making moments of the mundane. Mcleod uses her poetry as a means of exploring: Identity, and blackness. Finding elements to celebrate and ponder in her writings.
Mahlet Cuff is an interdisciplinary artist who produces their work through digital and film still photography as well as audio recordings. They explore subjects of race, gender, and sexuality to question relationships between kin and the relationship they have with themselves. She is also a community organizer and founder of the group @Justice4BlacklivesWinnipeg where she advocates for abolition and safety of all Black people. She has curatorial experience with being involved with Patterns Collective and co-curating work for Window Winnipeg, the exhibition called “Joy is more than just a feeling.” Their work has been shown at the University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03, Window Winnipeg, Flip Fest, and in the artist-run centre “Tea Base” in Toronto, Ontario.