Mahari Chabwera is an American born visual artist, curator, and facilitator working at the intersection of mysticism and Black Women’s wisdom traditions. Born in DC in 1995 and raised in the South, Chabwera's work is speculative, seductive and fundamentally Black. She thinks about her tapestries as totems and talismans that explore the subtle energy body.
Mahari received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCU in 2017. Since then she's curated projects at Sediment Gallery and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, and NoMuNoMu Artspace and STUDIOHOUSE in Baltimore. Chabwera is the recipient of The Peale Museum's 2023 Grit Fund, Art Matters 2023 Betty Parsons Fellowship, Maryland State Art Council’s 2023 Creativity Grant, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 2019-2020 Professional Fellowship and The Visual Art Center in Richmond’s 2020 Emerging Artist Award. Currently Chabwera is completing a new series of works opening at NoMuNoMu Artspace in 2024.
Pictured : Mahari July 2023. Photograph by Gabriel Amadi-Emina