Cydne Jasmin Coleby’s Queen Mudda highlights the unseen labour black women perform

Cydne Jasmin Coleby’s Queen Mudda highlights the unseen labour black women perform

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Her current solo exhibition at Unit London, curated by Associate Curator at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Natalie Willis, and running until 23 April this year is titled Queen Mudda. A celebration of the women and girls in family lines, it draws on the stories that can be found in her own family archives.

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Queen in Training, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Queen in Training, 2021

“All black women are Queens,” says Willis, who adds that this sensibility is at the heart of the work presented in Queen Mudda, which is Coleby’s first solo show in London. The paintings use acrylic paint mixed with substances such as gold ink, crepe paper and sand; and work to transcend their materiality and explore ideas of matriarchy, and celebrate the women who form the under-appreciated backbones of their family lines.

“Performance is the undercurrent of this work: the performance of womanhood, of respectability, of being,” Willis adds. “In a world where being is appearing, Coleby offers the matriarchs of her family line the opportunity to appear as elevated as the care they give.”

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Thea in The Garden, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Thea in The Garden, 2021

Born in 1993, Cydne Jasmin Coleby is based in Nassau, Bahamas, and works across digital and mixed media collage. She received her art degree at The University of The Bahamas in 2012 and has worked with clients including Adworks, Poinciana Paper Press, Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts and The Island House. Outside of her personal art practice, she has also worked in communications and design, serving as the creative art, design and comms manager for The Current: Baha Mar Gallery and Art Center.

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Mudda Pat, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Mudda Pat, 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Sweet Youth (Patricia I), 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Sweet Youth (Patricia I), 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Church Mudda, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Church Mudda, 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Ushered In, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Ushered In, 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Blossomed (Patricia II), 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Blossomed (Patricia II), 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Heir Lesley (Her Mudda’s Shadow), 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Heir Lesley (Her Mudda’s Shadow), 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Rebel Princes (free from the weight of that crown), 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Rebel Princes (free from the weight of that crown), 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby Crowning Ceremony, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby Crowning Ceremony, 2021

Cydne Jasmin Coleby High Point, 2021



Cydne Jasmin Coleby High Point, 2021


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