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

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Agnes Buya Ng’ambi Yombwe

She is a mixed media artist. She received an Art Teachers diploma from Evelyn Hone College in 1989. She has a certificate in Art and Design from Wimbledon School of art, London (1993).
Through my artwork, I am saying no to abuse of women and girls, no to violence, and no to all forms of corruption. I am also trying to tell people that we should take care of our environment by reusing and managing our waste and planting trees. Sometimes, I also just paint for art’s sake. I hope to encourage dialogue on many issues that people cannot freely talk about.”

I know where I am coming from

Covid 19 has brought about so much fear that the future is uncertain. NOt sure where we are going any more. All my thoughts circle around covid 19. Where am I going? Should i change my career? Or should I continue having faith?

 Behind the masks

I sometimes wonder what people are hiding behind these masks. There is a lot happening. Cases of Gender based violence, teenage pregnancies, theft, fear, increased poverty levels, loneliness and other issues. We can no longer see the smiles. We are scared of each other. No handshake and we have to keep a metre away from each other.

Alison Baker

Alison Baker was born and educated in Bulawayo and has drawn and painted all her life. She grew up surrounded by artists. Apart from this influence she had a rigorous grounding in life drawing with Alec Lambeth at Bulawayo School of Art
She got her degree from University of Cape Town and further post graduate qualifications in the UK.
The artist has participated in several group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Bulawayo.

“I am working on incorporating elements of the physical world – of the earth - as an intrinsic part of the structure of the painting - ‘we are part of the earth – all things are connected’ sort of thing. In addition I explore the dynamics of interaction between paint and these incorporated elements: colour and surfaces as a mode of expression.
Here there is a sense of rebirth: primeval reinvention; the world’s natural resilience despite the disasters we inflict on it, and on ourselves.
Here, from the essence of earth and time, power is drawn. The power that is not about what one can’t do – but what one can do and will achieve.”


Last Workforce I & II; Shielding

It frightened me!
This rising hysteria instilling the protocols of fear and control.
I considered Armageddon: how almost 106 years ago another kind of mass hysteria – a blind tide of Jingoistic fervour; drove nations to an appalling slaughter that could have been avoided and resolved nothing.

And now? We became faceless ones. Masked. Locked away. Blindly obeying orders to hide or control the hidden. I saw the Last Workforce moving machine-like through a tragic world.

And then the locked away ones. I am lucky. My work took me outside: anti-poaching patrols on horseback far into a wilderness that feeds my soul. But there are those for whom fear became a prison. Strong people who even now remain trapped in a fortress of the mind which they can neither understand nor escape from.

Will the sun rise? Yes. Nature continues despite us. But those damaged souls, destroyed lives and incomes –this will take longer.
But Africa, Zimbabwe, is resilient. We will survive this!

Allan Mashongera

Allan Mashongera, born September 1990 is a visual artist from Murehwa based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Mashongera has been inspired by any artist he comes across, but the mostly inspired by rock paintings in Zimbabwe. He says, "Bushmen were not civilised but created awesome paintings." This gives is what gives Mashongera a mind of experimenting with anything.
He has participated in several exhibitions around Zimbabwe.

“When you create an artwork, you don't create what you want to create. You create what is inside of you. I get very excited when plastic meets heat.”

 

Pasirose Riripamunamato (The world in prayer) is a photograph (panning) of lights. What is left in the world is to pray to God, surrendering life and everything to Him. We are different and we have different traditions but we are under one roof and reporting to one God. What we can do as one is to kneel and pray for divine intervention
, despite colour, tradition, religion, tribe, gender and size. What is needed is unity. Unity is the light that will drive away the dreadful COVID-19. Unity is the gun or bomb that will destroy the corona pandemic.

Family Reconciliation is an artwork made of plastics, with figures reading a book together. The pandemic has created love, time and space within most families. Families are spending time and planning together more, during these tough times. Parents concentrated more on their jobs before the lockdown. This is a sign of more love and unity within households now and in the future.

Andrea Abbatangelo

Andrea Abbatangelo born in Terni (Italia) in July 1981, lives and works in London, UK. He works at the confluence of performance, sculpture, installation and my work is also informed by sociology and history. His practice is based on spatial installation and public sculpture and he specialises in engaging individuals and communities. Since his earlier series of work, he has explored the relationships and conflicts between Tradition vs. Modernity, North vs Global South and the violence of late-capitalism.
For him it’s important to look at how emerging art practices can survive while wars, political instability and austerity measurements are still in place, resulting to major changes within the arts; these scenarios lead to a huge gap and become limiting and restricting for lesser known artists or projects that are currently still building their audiences, to succeed.
In the past years he exhibited his work in festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia (2011), Documenta 13 (2012) and Manifesta 11 (2016). In 2018 he produced “Project RadioLondon _ Harare” during the residency CTG(R): Zimbabwe 2018 with the support of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, CTG Collective and Dzimbanhete Art Interections. During the residency he had the occasion to lead a workshop for alumni of National Gallery of Zimbabwe and other local artists.

“During the past four months I’ve been most of time stuck at home and unable to work in my studio. COVID-19 has seriously impacted the economy with many projects postponed or cancelled. Working internationally used to be a major part of my practice. For example, I was commissioned by the city of Bologna to undertake a Public Art project involving the local community. I worked a lot on drawing, writing and printmaking with few tools I already had at home.”

Andrew Mandaza

Andrew Mandaza is an artist who was born in Bulawayo though he grew up in Harare. He fell in love with art from a very tender age. He would often help his teachers with creating charts to hang on the walls of their classrooms the he took art as a subject at high school.
Mandaza now has diversified his craft concentrating on designing, commercial art, graphic novel/comic book art and fine arts as well. He has since become a regular exhibitor at local and regional Art Expos mainly Comexposed Converge Zimbabwe, FanCon Capetown, ComicCon Africa, etc.

Mama Africa in COVID Times is a mixed media drawing by. The artwork depicts a Mother (Mama Africa) pregnant with her precious child. She is poised to take care and protect her baby in this death-defying time of the Corona Virus pandemic. The sun is about to set, the night approaches, will they survive it? They must! There is hope for a brighter day and a better tomorrow.

Don’t Touch Your Face shows the face of a beautiful young African woman but then her eyebrows, eyes, nose and lips read the words of the artwork's title. It is a mixed media drawing done on paper. The artist used pencil, coloured pencils, pens and black permanent marker to produce the piece. The artwork came about when the artist imagined a concept that best emphasised avoiding the touching of the face since it is not advisable to do so during these COVID-19 pandemic times.

Blessed Saini

He is an 18 year old aspiring artist who lives in Gweru (Bata Estate). He completed his Ordinary Level at Matinunura High School in 2019. Saini started drawing at a tender age and he is exploring different techniques and materials.

How TheCOVID-19 Has Affected the Society and World at Large
The drawing signifies how the COVID-19 has affected the society and world at large. The bars depict how the world has been dispersed by the pandemic. Everyone is isolated under this lockdown. This virus is evoking tears to all nations, people are praying independently hoping for this pandemic to end so that everyone gets back to their jobs and daily chores. Hunger has also arisen in the society due to the lockdown.

 

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