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WAAP | Wil Aballe Art Projects

Vancouver

Betty Mulat, “What You Waiting For?,” 2021, Edition of 5, Inkjet print 36 x 24 inches

In “Caught Out There: Ragga to Riches,” Betty Mulat evokes the glossy fashion and beauty images from the Black magazines of her childhood: Essense and Jet among others. These publications hold significance to Mulat’s practice as early formative spaces where she saw Black people and culture represented and celebrated. Mulat pays homage to these 90s aesthetics and combines it with over-the-top styling to engage notions of camp and narratives around Blackness, class, gender, expressions of pleasure, power, and beauty to create what she calls “a visual language around Black ways of being“.

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