“Lost in thought” is an introspective journey into the psyche of the artist Maliza Kiasuwa, depicting the organised, yet confused, synaptic connections of her brain. In this new project, She merges the traditions of geometric Kuba pattern from Congo with abstract expressionism, thereby consciously crossing boundaries of culture, history, religion, and the constructs of race.
The colors represent the communion with the earth. The media reference her African origin.
Each work represents a different state of mind, ranging from internal conflict about the search of her identity:
I grew up in a cultural environment where it’s sometimes difficult to find my identity and to feel at home.
The Animist Anarchist
Behind the vibrant modernity of Africa lays the mystic powers of vodoo, masks, body art and ancient rituals for the better of the worse. It is everywhere but nowhere to be seen, but something in my roots connects me with the energy of the continent.
This series is a modern expression of the forces of nature and spirits, conveying the unspeakable with raw materials that only Africans use in tribal arts such as wool, bits and pieces of modern trash and traditional fabrics used in costumes and symbols of mystic power.
It is yet another “métissage” between old and new, tradition and modernity, East and West that constitue my torn identity.