Bay Area native Sasha Kelley is a curator and creator of contemporary culture and arts. Co-founder of the Malidoma Collective, Ms.Kelley uses her collective, photography, and other means of expression to heal the masses with art. Get to know this unstoppable queen as we close out this month’s Queen See Queen series.
How did you get involved? Queens D.Light and I were introduced through a mutual friend. “Up Out The Margins“, was the first show we curated together in 2012. It was an intergenerational show that featured over 20 woman of color artist. From that experience we kept building and founded Malidoma Collective.
Can people join?
Malidoma Collective was an incubator space for a foundational community which will always be active in spirit. #squad.
In 2016, we began a new chapter to evolve our careers as contemporary culture makers. The House of Malico, a production agency is now our focused agenda. The idea is not to join but to contribute to our various creative productions & events.
Does the Malidoma Collective have any upcoming events? The House of Malico’s next event is Twerk 4 Mother Earth coming this summer, #woopwoop!
What does being a woman mean to you? Being a woman is something beyond words. It is mother, sister, creator, God. It is being a multidimensional being with the power and grace to flow like the tide with the moon.
How do you think that women are portrayed in mainstream media?
Tricky question that depends on what you define as mainstream. Radio, television & tabloids ?
Blogs, tumblr, IG & social media feeds ? I’d rather spend time focusing on the positive. I am very adamant at keeping my scope intimate to the things I love and find inspiring ie WOC gender fluid loving. When I do glimpse into other worlds I do see progress is here and more is coming. Essence Magazine is doing things on Black Girl Magic. Doors are opening. How are you currently using your voice to alter this?
My vision and voice, the work that I am doing, the things that we are creating is power to amplify this.
To expand and immortalize our truth, by healing through our art.
Co-founder and the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Mamou is a recent college graduate from the University of California, Riverside. Being raised in Oakland, and spending 4 years in Southern California, Mamou heard the constant negative views that people had on the Bay Area. She vowed to help change those views, and Nook and Kranny is her first step in doing so.