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Will the sun rise and shine again post COVID-19?

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Will the sun Shine again

Will the sun rise and shine again post COVID-19?

This exhibition has given a platform for artists to showcase the works that they have produced during the COVID-19 lockdowns across the globe. Their reflections of this new reality and the new world order that this silent killer has brought to us.

It illuminates thoughts and creative potential of time spend in lock downs and what it means for the creative sector. The exhibition also questions the future of the creative sector post COVID-19 havoc that has seen the world shutting down, its operations from manufacturing to all the economic wheels. The silent and invisible killer that the world continue to face is historic and the voice and imagination of artists remains a tool to provoke the new human movement with masks and social distancing being the new norm. Artists in this exhibition share fantasies of what could, should or would have been post COVID-19. They have also had more time to experiment on new techniques of art, which are a movement into a new era - Digital Art. The new norm needs to be embraced as a tool to access the future of art.

Lin Barrie

Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal can only truly be captured by direct observation, and that exploration, that direct and enquiring gaze,  can grow into meaningful abstraction.

Biology was a passion for Lin during her school years. Plans to enter the world of science were superseded only by the decision to pursue the lonely path of an artistic career! After completing a Fine Art Diploma in printmaking at Durban Art College in 1980, she  gained experience as a textile designer, travelling extensively to Europe and the Far East for business and pleasure. In 1991, after returning to Zimbabwe from the Far East, and having explored Chinese brushstroke painting and Indonesian batik techniques, she became a full time fine artist.

To touch...or not to touch is a slideshow/video created from charcoal sketches on paper. The charcoal sketches were worked into, and extra marks were made, in the ArtRage App. The sketches and video comment on how, across the WHOLE world, social culture as we know it is changing, perhaps forever and very quickly. The handshake that we take for granted as a mark of trust and friendship is no longer safe. Hands are pulled apart with the mantra, Don’t Touch! As social animals, we are compromised and have to change our habits. The corona virus has severed our skin contact, our comfort zone and our culture, at what cost to our sense of well-being, our human psyche?

 

State of Corona
The plague doctor of the European Middle Ages, with a bird-like facemask, and the traditional bird masks of African culture seem strangely symbiotic, combining in my mind to represent the effort of humankind to ward off disease and plague, to bolster their psyche and propitiate the goodwill of the gods in the face of forces larger than themselves…
Humankind has faced these challenges before, and will do so again.
The sun WILL rise again post COVID-19.
The universe no doubt is unfolding as it should.
The human spirit, if we do not abuse the natural world, WILL prevail and triumph.

 

Hands on hearts
The Hlengwe people of South East Zimbabwe (which is the Northern Tsonga region towards the Limpopo River) use the “hand on heart” greeting. ‘Kusheweta’ is the verb, the act of greeting, and ‘Sheweta’ is the noun, the greeting.
I choose to see the positive survival of these cultural traditions in a healthy community.
The sun WILL rise again post COVID.
The universe is no doubt unfolding as it should.
The human spirit, in conjunction with the natural world, WILL prevail and triumph.

 

Vongai Sibanda

Vongai Sibanda, 23, Zimbabwean Harare based self-taught photographer studying environmental sciences at the university of Zimbabwe. Sibanda has been practicing the craft for 2 years now. Voicing unspoken topics and thoughts through photography. Sibanda was part of “Speak truth to power” exhibition in 2019 which was shown in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Cape Town, South Africa. Sibanda was also show cases on different digital platforms such as African Foto and Nataal. Sibanda was one of the Zimbabwean artists part of British Council Southern African Arts project which explored different upcoming creatives, creating new and different and interesting works in their countries in 2019.

Here’s a series of self-portraits worked on under lockdown. COVID has forced most artists to be their own muses and this is Vongai Sibanda stepping in front of the camera. This self-portrait series is of the emotions one might be going through under lockdown. Even though we aren’t able to do much, exhaustion is a feeling we tend to flow in and out of in one day. Because dealing with all your other emotions can be exhausting. All photographs were taken in a time of serious critical mental health two weeks before a visit to the psychologist.

George Masarira

George Masarira, born in 1990 is currently a resident artist at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Bulawayo). He is a product of the Mzilikazi Art Centre in Bulawayo. He has exhibited extensively in and outside Zimbabwe. His works are a tapestry of hand gestures and brush strokes. Thematically, he is inspired by the contemporary cosmopolitan world that unfolds around him. He uses his work to consider and document the lived truths of this environment, paying particular attention to its political, economic, ethnic believes and religious aspects.

The work brings awareness and encouragement to people about the importance of staying at home or physical distance. This is especially during this time, when the world is haunted by a deadly pandemic. By staying at home we are reducing the spread of the virus. Staying at home is protecting the next person. Life is in our hands. Stay safe and stay at home.

Olivia Botha

Oliva Botha is a multi-disciplinary visual artist working predominately in video performance, installation, collage and painting. She is interested in concepts of language – how we communicate, and how we are unable to communicate. Through this framework, Botha explores the different ways in which our relationships – with inanimate objects, as well as the animate – affect our lives.
Botha was born in Bloemfontein and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently living and working in Johannesburg as a resident artist at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.

The series Sunpots is a continuation of an earlier series titled ‘Light stains which initially started in 2019 in Bulawayo during Penny siopis’s residency workshop at the National gallery of Zimbabwe. It was during the workshop “Open studios”, thet Siopis invited artists to create works within a specific timeframe and with a limited array of materials at their disposal. ‘Sunspots’ are collage works that take on the same methodology. Here tha artist is only using materials that are currently at her disposal during South africa’s National COVID-19 Lockdown. Sunspots are both found on the sun’s outer surface and a human body as a result of exposure to sun rays. It explores our relationship both physically and metaphorically to the sun and its light

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