About Me

Mahari’s practice is built from a richly layered body history, stemming from an archive of research, physical training and intent to manifest an intellectual, material and informal legacy of liberation through documentation. By examining personal marks and socio-genealogical maps, she explores inner and outer environments. Her upcoming film Sugar in the Raw is an exploration of Blk intimacy, trust, and touch. In 2021 she was named the City of Chicago Esteemed Artist Awardee in Dance and received a 2021 3Arts award in dance. Her works include the Afrofuturist Krump film Imprints & Traces, and multi-disciplinary performance BAM! for which she received a CSF Generative Performing Artist Fellowship. BAM! is an immersive ensemble work, focusing on Blackness, Amerikkka, and violence. Her post-disciplinary work, the mixtape series violent/break vol i and vol ii, has received national and international development support at Brink Festival (London), High Concept Labs (Chicago), and Imir Scene Kunst in Norway. Mahari is an active culture bearer of Hip Hop and House; former member of the Krump family Gool, with a BFA in dance performance from UMKC and MA in performance, practice, and research from RCCSD.

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