MaMoMi Initiative is a non-profit social enterprise. Working with and alongside visually impaired creatives for nearly a decade, our mission is to enhance the experiences and expand the possibilities available to visually impaired and deafblind artists and audiences.
MaMoMi Initiative was founded by Andrew Mashigo, and the team currently comprises Lynn Cox, a blind artist, and Disability Awareness trainer and consultant, as Director, and James Hallam, a visually impaired IT professional, as a non-executive Director. We also have a strong team of 7 other professionals, with skills ranging from printmakers, wellness coaches, accessibility consultants to storytellers, braille artists, and disability art consultants.
Everyone has found the pandemic very difficult, but the impact is ever so much worse for people with disabilities. But what has been so refreshing and encouraging to observe is that this group of artists and creatives have decided not to allow covid19 to be any excuse rather, it has been a moment to spur renewed energy, drive, and commitment to be as effective and creative as is possible, regardless!
In these unprecedented times, artists have found new ways to work, they are stronger, resilient, and more resolute, and the response with their creative practice is what this exhibition hopes to showcase.
Since April 2020, we have met with artists, weekly, first as a point of contact so no one felt isolated, and then as an extension, we began to develop our practice in new, innovative, and refreshing ways. Within the group, we have tackled immense logistical issues like increased difficulty in accessing materials, working within the confines stipulated by the impact of the pandemic, having to work isolated from the usual sensory stimulation many take for granted, facing these problems together as a community.
Now we need urgent support to showcase some of the innovations and unique ways of working. That's where you come in.
Our vision is to show a new body of works and performances by these artists, and collaborators, in a 2-week hybrid event. The first week will be a live exhibition to hold in Bargehouse from 17th to 21st of November, and the second week will be an online event, from 22nd to 26th of July, comprising workshops, presentations, artist talks, and masterclass sessions, where we will reach an even wider and broader audience base through a series of the very engaging creative online session.
The money we raise has 4 key benefits;
1. Provide funds so the artists can transport their artworks to London.
2. Provide accessible formats for all the artworks, and Interpretation for any disabled visitors in our audience. These include providing braille, large print, raised images, captions in their videos, and BSL.
3. Empower the artists by creating a resource base and repository, both digitally and paper-based.
4. Create a legacy for future VI and other disabled artists and creative practitioners, and enable future collaborations.