Artist: Mahawa Keita

The artist holds an abstract textile form.

BA Textiles
Birmingham City University

Mahawa is a textile artist.

Mahawa uses her textiles practice to connect with people and their stories in different communities, using her work to help raise awareness of the issues that affect them. She describes her practice as ‘a journey taken by yarn, structure, texture and colour.’ Mahawa works with sustainable materials across knit, crochet, macramé and hand embroidery to produce both large and small sculptural pieces. For her final major project, Mahawa produced a body of work that narrated the journey of her own life, focussing on her personal relationship with her mother, re-exploring their journey together and their emotional connection to one another.

The artist holds an abstract textile form.
The artist holds an abstract textile form.
The artist holds an abstract textile form.
An abstract textile form.

In:Site 2022

Mahawa is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Mahawa Keita’s project, More Than Passing Through, recognised that the Square is much more than a place to walk through on your way to somewhere else. With its important heritage and its offer of sanctuary, Mahawa’s collaborative, textile based sculpture encouraged people to feel a sense of ownership over this city centre communal space, and to celebrate the stories and connections that are made here.

A brightly coloured large crochet dome-like structure hangs on a railing
A close up of some brightly coloured crochet

Where Next?

Artist: Francisca Onumah

Francisca was part of In:Site 2014

The artists uses a hammer to stamp metal.

Artist: Jessica Hargreaves

Jessica was part of In:Site 2015

The artist crouches over a memorial stone as she takes a casting.

Artist: Ryan Dilkes

Ry was part of In:Site 2019

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

Artist: Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie was part of In:Site 2013.

A pine cone with gold decoration on a string.


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