week 27 of 2018

week 27Artwork of the Week by:Tapfuma Gutsa  titled The Blues For Mandela Zimbabwe 1956, Dimensions 71x35x 63cm Mixed Media, part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s permanent collection
This week the National Gallery family celebrate Nelson Mandela Day


Tapfuma Gutsa’s piece entitled The Blues of Mandela pays tribute to Nelson Mandela’s devotion of his life to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. His sculptures composition incorporates metal, paper, wood. His service to humanity as a human rights lawyer, peacemaker, statesman and proponent to the culture of peace and freedom.   Mandela was the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. Gutsa’s artwork is a mixed medium piece that encompasses wood and metal use of materials both advances and subverts the tradition of stone sculpture that dominated Zimbabwean art through the 1960s and 70s. Beyond the confidence and elegance of his objects’ forms, his choice of materials brings to the works an almost shamanistic power. The Human Rights Day aspires to motivate people to embrace the values that Nelson Mandela shared when he said, “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” These human rights values include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, respect.
Mandela Day also celebrates a campaign known in reference to Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison number. The campaign was originally launched to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. However, its focus expanded to broader humanitarian work. The efforts from Mandela Day support the campaign’s ongoing work and other Nelson Mandela charitable organizations.

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