We are so unbelievably excited to have Mahlet Cuff as our featured artist for our art exhibition at the University of Lethbridge's Dr. James Foster Penny Building from August 22 - September 16. Cuff is unbelievably talented and we can't wait to see her photographs in person.
"Mahlet Cuff is an interdisciplinary artist from Treaty one territory so called Winnipeg, Manitoba that uses mediums such as photography, collaging, textiles, sound to produce her work. Through her work she hopes to create more awareness about the lack of representation of women of colour, queer people of colour in media. In creating awareness she aspires to empower marginalized folks to create all types of art and be creative as much as possible. Mahlet is a second year creative communications major and is an active volunteer at CKUW. At CKUW, she hosts a feminist radio show called Femisphere.That touches on feminist issues, news stories and community members making a change. Also she is the student representative for the CKUW board. Most of her work discusses and displays subjects such as racism, sexism, intersectionality, feminism, black feminism, deconstructing the stereotypes around black women’s hair and modernized colonization. Her work has been shown at local galleries and events such as Ace Art inc and Nuit blanche’s Nuit Noire. Also in the Women of Colour School of art gallery which was in response to the absence of women of colour in the permanent collection of the School of Art. In her free time, she loves reading feminist zines, watching cheesy romantic comedies and taking down the patriarchy one day at a time.
Mahlet Cuff’s work is focused on reconstructing the ideas and stereotypes that are centred around women and their bodies. Specifically for black women, The Hair Diaries is an unapologetic look into self-love through hair. It focuses on telling the stories of different women's experiences with their hair in terms of race, class, romantic, platonic relationships, media, the education system and overcoming the idea that Eurocentric features are not the epitome of beauty and self-worth."