KaliMa is an artist interested in the history and culture of Brooklyn. They explore and capture the essence of women and Black queer bodies. In this personal series, SOLAR//RETURN, they show a compilation of photos taken the week of their birthday transitioning from 29 to 30 years old.
Their process to photography is inspired by quotes and personal experience. This series explores the concept of a shifting black queer fat body and conceptualizes the visual representation of queer afro-mythology.
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About KaliMa Amilak
KaliMa Amilak is an Afro-Caribbean photographer from Brooklyn, New York. They have exhibited artwork in various galleries in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, including BatHaus Gallery, SOMArts Cultural Center, The San Francisco Human Rights Commission and AFROPUNK. As Head Photographer for the artist collective Brooklyn Artistry and Company, KaliMa built a foundation of organizational and artistic skills that have allowed them to thrive as a small business owner. Their studio and business, Laydee Kaye Photography based in Oakland, CA, focuses on producing impactful photography for a wide array of individuals and organizations. While their main focus is the celebration of black women and black people through self empowerment and liberation, KaliMa is a versatile photographer with experience in live action performance art, sports photography, portraiture and editorial photography.
You can find their work at laydeekaye.com.
Meet The Artist
KaliMa Amilak will be at SOMArts on May 23, 2019, from 6 – 8 pm. Visit The Ramp Gallery for a chance to meet the artist, talk about their work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy their awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the closing reception of our Main Gallery exhibition, AGRARIANAA as part of the United States Asian American Festival.