week 51 of 2017

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week 51Artwork of the week
By: Rice Crispen, a part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s permanent collection
This week we celebrate the International Day of Human Solidarity


Rice Crispen’s work show that co-operation is the key to success and unity. He shows how ants work that their complex, cooperative societies enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Giving an example of ants his work highlights that Cooperatives are important in the world's economic and social development. Based as on the principle of cooperation, cooperatives help create new ethics and values in business and economics. International Human Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate our unity in diversity; a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements and a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity. It is also a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals including poverty eradication and also entails a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication. The National Gallery in has hosted several joint exhibitions in a bid to promote solidarity among artist.  Bernard Webner poses,”Ants can live together in solidarity and forget themselves in the community. In a normative capitalist society, everyone is an egoist. In the ants' civilization, you are part of the group; you do not live for yourself alone. Together we can.