September • 30 • 2020

Abena Motaboli
Vastness
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Abena Motaboli, Yesterday these sentiments came tumbling down, plastic, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

The vastness where we lie is wide open.

It is a space

It is a place

It is the white basin with nothing but the sound of your breath

Soft waters standing still

Clear as the ice beneath our feet.

The vastness is a vastness like no other

She takes you with her

And when you think about all the things that were

The things that are

And the things that will be,

You let her take you

And you

B r e a t h e

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Abena Motaboli, Yesterday these sentiments came tumbling down, plastic, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

Abena Motaboli is a Chicago based educator, facilitator, and visual artist. Influenced by her home country Lesotho and Southern African culture, she invites the audience to find a space to contemplate in, amidst the chaos which surrounds us in the modern world. Her art practice is performative, contemplative, and transformative. She uses ephemeral material including tea and coffee on canvas as well as writing and other visual forms of art to comment on displacement and her past memories.

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