week 06 of 2018

week6 2018Artwork of the week: By Tapfumanei Gutsa: Women of Society, Dimensions 44cmx30cmx76cm, Mixed Media,  part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s Permanent collection.

This week National Gallery of Zimbabwe Family Celebrates the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
On 20 December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution in which it calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness- raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations. Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.
To promote the abandonment of female genital mutilation coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.
 The artwork above by Tapfuma Gutsas: Women of Society depicts his capacity to manipulate any media to create arresting forms.  He juxtaposes stone, wood and egg shell with accidental texture and deliberate patterns to create a complex image of the modern woman: confident, feminine and strong. The sculpture shows a woman with a frowned face, eyes closed head held high looking slightly to the left.   Gutsa’s sculpture gives pride to women of society.

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