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Art of the African Diaspora: Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk
Saturday, January 25, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pmFREE
Please join us for a special Artists’ Talk with KaliMa Amilak, Zoë Boston, and Abi Mustapha. Amilak, Boston and Mustapha are the Artistic Achievement Awardees for Art of the African Diaspora 2020. The Talk will be followed by the Opening Reception for Art of the African Diaspora, 2-5pm.
KaliMa Amilak is an Afro-Caribbean photographer from Brooklyn, New York. They have exhibited artwork in various galleries in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, including BatHaus Gallery, SOMArts Cultural Center, The San Francisco Human Rights Commission and AFROPUNK. As Head Photographer for the artist collective Brooklyn Artistry and Company, KaliMa built a foundation of organizational and artistic skills that have allowed them to thrive as a small business owner. Their studio and business, KaliMa Amilak Photography, based in Oakland, CA, focuses on producing impactful photography for a wide array of individuals and organizations. While their main focus is the celebration of black women and black people through self empowerment and liberation, KaliMa is a versatile photographer with experience in live action performance art, sports photography, portraiture and editorial photography.
Zoe Boston was born in Southern California, raised in upstate New York, and has now lived in the Oakland Bay Area for six years. Her inspirations come from God, life, love, music, and everything in between. She has been drawing all her life, however, didn’t start painting until she came back to the west coast. Boston has exhibited at the Richmond Art Center in conjunction with The Art of Living Black, Jingletown Art Studios, American Steel Studios, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Grove Salon, and Joyce Gordon Gallery. The motif of the pieces she is exhibiting in Art of the African Diaspora are the process of a journey. Everyone’s journey has similar phases; the ups, the downs, the importance to keep going, and to trust God. At the same time, everyone’s journey is wildly different, and that is part of what makes us who we are. Through the viewing these windows into her world you can see how her journey has shaped and prepared her.
Abi Mustapha is a Sierra Leonean-American artist. Her work is primarily focused on large scale portraiture, inspired by examining the beauty of cross cultural diversity. Her art examines the complexity of expression and identity through the creative process; drawing many small details on a large scale. Graphite, charcoal, and oil paint on paper, are her preferred mediums. Mustapha has been showing work in the Bay Area since 2013. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in the Midwest and Bay Area including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Richmond Art Center, and Joyce Gordon Gallery. Born in Indiana she is also a graduate of Indiana University earning a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in sustainability. Outside of the studio Mustapha is an avid traveler and dog mom. She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.