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She turned the sun and moon into a salve, Mawu and Lisa is a body of work by Chabwera reflective of her desire to embrace taboo aspects of her character. Created over the course of 18 months, these works are a meditation - exemplified by the hand stitched beads woven into the canvas, and the oscillating flow of cosmos serving as a backdrop for the two totemic women. By representing two fiercely unabashed and empowered Black women atop each other, one a fictional character in Katori Hall’s P Valley, the other a 1996 Lil’ Kim aspread her debut album Hardcore, Mahari creates a portal of raw feminine agency.

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Mahari Chabwera

Lil Kim as Lisa 

Pt. 1 of She turned the sun and moon into a salve, Mawu and Lisa

Oil, shells acrylic, fabric and beads on stretched canvas 

48 x 48 inches

2022

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Mahari Chabwera

Mercedes as Mawu 

Pt. 2 of She turned the sun and moon into a salve, Mawu and Lisa

Oil, acrylic and fabric on stretched canvas 

48 x 48 inches

2022

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Sun detail 2

Lil Kim as Lisa moon detail 

Lil Kim as Lisa sun detail 

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Mahari Chabwera

Beaded Sun w/ Cowrie 

Pt. 3 of She turned the sun and moon into a salve, Mawu and Lisa

Oil, acrylic, beads and fabric on stretched canvas 

12 x 12 inches

2022

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