Born in Burkina Faso, Kaba Hawa uses photographs, printed material, paint and found objects to evoke the landscape and culture of Africa, the richness of women’s lives, their struggle for justice and her personal memories and experiences as a child in West Africa. Her work reflects these passionate repositories of the past. “My work embodies the beauty of the land, the colors of mud brick and indigo sky, the heat of the sun, the essence of the place in all its contrasts,” she says. “There is beauty in harshness; happiness in poverty; gracefulness manifested in a materially raw environment.”
Kaba’s work is held in the Canadian Union Of Public Employees (CUPE) art collection in Ottawa and by the Canadian High Commission in Paris, France, and the City of Ottawa art collection.