Running Exhibition

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

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Bronwen Gay Evans

Born 1959, Mutare, Zimbabwe is a 3rd generation Zimbabwean; granddaughter to Joan Evans, the renowned Zimbabwean artist. Evans is a Textile designer by trade (Kwazulu Natal Technikon-Textile Design Diploma, 1980). Her first painting exhibition held in Beira, Mozambique at the Cultural Centre des Arts in 2011. The artist continued to paint on and off in the last 10 years while also teaching art (up to A level) at Hillcrest Senior School for 5 years. Currently, she works from her own studio where she paints and experiments in mixed media and acrylics. She recently attended Anderson Arts Ranch, Colorado for 3 week mixed-media/photo workshop.


COVID Collision
Colour, emotion and memories collide in these pieces. Controlled and free at the same time, raw in their initial execution but gathering finesse and subtlety in their progression, they become an outlet for personal expression.
In the end they are joyous and optimistic, representing hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Flags fly, boats set sail, humanity endures and persists. COVID Collision is a series.

Clive Mukucha

Clive Mukucha was born in February 1986 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. He enrolled at the National Gallery School of Visual Art from 2007 to 2009. Mukucha has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Zimbabwe and Hong Kong between 2008 and 2020. He had two solo exhibitions in Mutare and Harare, Zimbabwe in 2012 and 2019, respectively.

Constrained to the mask is a series of artworks as a response or a reflection of this new world order that this silent killer has brought to us. I took this opportunity to illuminate thoughts and emotions to create these pieces to show the creative potential of time spent in the lockdowns and what it means to the creative platform. The artworks also question the future of humankind in the post COVID-19 havoc that has seen the world shutting down its operations from manufacturing to all the economic, political, social and religious wheels. The silent and invisible killer that the world continues to face is historic and the voice of the artists remains a tool to provoke the new human movement with masks, sanitizing kits and social distancing being the new norm.

 

Danisile Ncube

Art has been his way of life since 1989 and till now he has been working tirelessly to find himself and his way of exploring various techniques and forms of art. Experiments in photograph as one of the mediums he uses in his work has been pushing him to go beyond boundaries to find deep sense and understanding of light, colour, depth, movement, etc. Life is a book with a lot of pictures to be enjoyed, scrutinised and added more pictures to. Life as a great teacher has it all, so he looks at socio political issues and environmental issues and brings them into his photographic work.

"Art is a language that needs people to understand, write, teach and learn
I am what I am because of what I am, an Artist,
I am the Michelangelo of today. Be who you are artistically - paint, sculpt. Whatever the world, give a message to the people, share your talent!”.

I can’t breathe
Protection has been the norm for the past 4 months in our country but worldwide you might as well count for yourself. A fierce, vicious battle against the unseen has been marked as historical as everyone is hibernating in fear. Imagine the whole day, one in a mask, one is cut short in air supply, one would not breathe well. It’s not easy to breathe through a mask. What if a knee is on your neck for almost 9 minutes? Would you breathe? Therefore, we need to look into a lot of issues as we move on in life. Life is not for the elite only. All people are equal in the eyes of the greatest Artist, the Creator. So, let it be a warning to those who are taking human life for granted. All perpetrators and those who spill innocent blood will pay. Please give human life a chance, we all need to breathe.

 

COVID-19 Convict (Self-portrait)
Who is not a victim in this matter? If so, you are a convict under the laws of a deadly virus. Hands are tied up and one just has to stay at home to keep safe. One’s thinking capacity also locked; one has to jump out of the box as this has been not the usual way of life as everything has changed dramatically. Now as one moves on, one has to look for means in a different environment using different strategies. Economic hardships will be a very big blow to the underprivileged and the vulnerable. What’s the point of holding on to all the riches, if one day, one will be buried in a casket and left all to dogs? Great change will come when all people enjoy real life.

 

Deodoris Nyaradzo Mawanda

She is 30 years old. She is a graduate the National Gallery of School Visual Art and Design (2009 to 2011). The artist worked on a book project with Chido Johnson and she produced a book titled, Simple Things. Mawanda went to nursing school between 2015 and 2017 and she is currently a qualified registered General Nurse and works at Harare Central Hospital.

“This opportunity gave me a chance to express my commitment to my two seemingly conflicting 'lovers' that is the world of Art and that of healthcare provision.”

 Washing Corona Away!
As COVID-19 ravages the world with no medical solution coming through at a matching speed, the future of human existence hangs in the abyss. Only through basic survival practices like hand washing, face masking and keeping a safe social distance can the world fight back. The world will eventually wash down COVID-19 into the smoky oblivion to ensure the safe passage of generations into the future.

Children, Education and the Future
From time immemorial, children of the world woke up every morning with each rising sun, going on their daily business of playing and learning. Yes! They filled up millions of classrooms around the world, learning the vital skills that propel the human race forward. They are the heirs of the human race who guarantee the undying legacy of humanity. All that came to a halt one gloomy and sun-less morning when COVID-19 ravaged the world, threating the very existence of human beings. Schools closed and children hibernated and did not rise with each sunrise. There were empty lifeless classrooms with no happy faces and playful boys and girls. Policy makers, educationists and public health experts are waging a war, putting in place measures that ensure that children get back to school. We hopefully wait and wishfully ask: Will the sun rise again?

 

Dorcas Mutemasango

A female abstract Sculptor who was born in 1986 in Chegutu, Zimbabwe.
At the age of twenty eight she visited Chitungwiza Art Centre as a vendor, as she was selling her wares. That is how she met Givemore Mashaya (who is currently her mentor) at his sculpting studio and she was inspired to take sculpting as her new career.


When the World Turns Down
Being rich or poor means nothing in the world we live in. No one knows what the future holds. All we can do is to live life and face all the challenges life throws at us.

 

Doris Kamupira

She is a visual artist in Harare born in Mutoko, Zimbabwe. She holds an Honours degree in Fine Art from Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology. She studied at the then British American Tobacco (BAT) Visual Art Studio now called the National Gallery School Visual Art and Design. The artist is a holder of certificate in photography and cinematography recognized by City and Guilds, certificate in design with Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts. Doris Kamupira is known for being a facilitator for children art workshops and has exhibited widely around the world.

 “My work conveys a critical view of social, political and cultural issues of my environment, focusing more on women and children compositions, their activities on daily bases. It is also a means for expressing my inner most feelings and question situations where answers are supposed to be more developmental trends in dimensional changes.
My belief is that an artwork is never finished, but rather a means paving way for eventual creative solutions. This typically makes the unique artwork undoubtedly possess dynamic qualities.”

 Run away Time is an acrylic painting made out of pieces of material stitched together. I paint one surface then cut out colourful pieces to intentionally create one unified art piece on another prepared canvas.
The critical question is what is keeping ‘us’ busy as the time is running out. Seeing everyone is falling in their own directions. Where are we going? Is what we are hastening for worthwhile?

Treasured Moments is an acrylic painting done on canvas paper.
The irony of the COVID-19 bringing family time together again made me to paint Treasured Moments. The globe had instantly turned almost everyone too busy for each other, almost rendering family union useless. So Treasured Time is celebrating this moment with much joy.

 

Eckel Nyamhondoro

Was born in 1972 in Guruve District, a region with a strong sculpting tradition. At the age of twenty, Nyamhondoro joined his cousin Enos Chengo at his sculpting studio where he stayed for four years. He found the experience inspirational and decided to devote his life to art. He later joined the Tengenenge Art community where he was an active member for eight years. He spent two years at Edronce
Rukodzi Studios. This further enhanced his skills and encouraged him to experiment more and to develop his own style.
Nyamhondoro mentors young artists and was invited to run a workshop in St Andreasberg in Germany 2002 as part of the African- German cultural exchange.


Social Distance
The Corona virus can never disturb love. Without lovers there's no love. The natural colour depicts the movement of the corona virus. Social Distance is a series of 3 sculptures.

“A creative mind and good communication produces great art. A Sculptor needs to be creative since he is a creator of different sculptures from different types of stones and must be able to communicate with his artworks in order to produce exceptional sculptures. Above all, great sculptures come from artists who are creative and have an extraordinary listening ability to the voice of the stone.”

 Edmond Nhamoinesu

Was born in July 1979. Growing up in a satellite town called Norton (Zimbabwe), he developed a close kinship with the natural world and hence his love for art started. His work is an exploration of various textures, details delicate and strokes. The artist has however moved gradually from watercolour to complex acrylic and drifts between the two medium, experimenting with every piece he does. Bright colours, rich brown and ochre hues always give him a feeling of optimism through his paintings as he relates to every colour splashed onto the canvas. His work is slowly drifting to semi abstract art which is mainly figurative and portrays societal, political injustice, cultural conflict and day to day pressure which modern life always demands from us. In his paintings, objects and people from different levels of existence are always brought together. He is also inspired by environmental surroundings.

“I try to reach beyond the borders – language, religion or tradition.”

Evacuation
Seeing this pandemic coming from a distance and eventually roaring its ugly head makes me sit down and ponder if this is man made or another chemical welfare being waged on us. It all began in Wuhan and now it is even in the remotest places one can think of.
Only a few were priviledged to be evacuated out of most epicenters. This painting in particular is dedicated to the German family which was evicted from South Africa. This artwork is also dedicated to those who lost their lives and those working tirelessly at the forefront of the war against the invisible enemy. All we can do is pray that we get past this pandemic.

Fredrick Manjengwa

Was born in 1975 in Makoni District, Rusape, Zimbabwe. After completing his Advanced Level, joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police where I have worked as a Police Officer till now.
He became interested in sculpting during his early years of primary education when he would observe his uncle carve wood and soap stone. The artist would carve small pieces from wood and soapstone and sell them to villagers for pocket money.


Dangerous Trap
Mother Earth has been entrapped and knocked down unaware by a deadly pandemic without a cure. More questions than answers are coming up across the globe. All races and religions have come to a stand still. Thousands are succumbing to the fatal pandemic, Corona Virus and no one knows for how long yet. There is devastation all over the world, with more people losing their loved ones daily. Different measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Some are complying with the measures but some are not. Lockdowns, wearing of masks, staying at home and limited movements is the norm of the day.

Givemore Mashaya

Art is a spiritual communication and connection between us as humans and it's a form of expressing what happens in our daily life since from our ancestors.
Mine Forever
Love is the key to everything and it connects from the spiritual side to our souls. Post COVID-19 love will still lead because our lives are centered on love.
My new born
Birth is the beginning of new things to come, despite what life brings in future. Nature brings happiness and joy in our daily lives we can't do without nature.

Prudence Grace Nyahangare

Was born in September 1996 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She studied at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design between in 2015 to 2016. She currently lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe. Nyahangare has participated in several group exhibitions (in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom) between 2015 and 2020. She attended a number of workshops in Zimbabwe between 2015 and 2018 and did a residency at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2017.


Scars of Corona
Living in quarantine has given me a clear insight that things are never going to be the same again. Scars of Corona is a print done by ink and fabric paint. It is a fusion of mono print and screen print. It is critical, daunting and troubling to think that things will never get back to normal again. This has encouraged me to use red as the colour of blood/life in expressing myself, and questioning my sanity, as staying at home was a form of imprisonment to me as an outgoing person.

The fall of COVID
Having been spooked by the Corona Virus (COVID 19), I have created the piece The fall of COVID, looking at the future and refusing to remain docile. The Corona virus figure is a round alien with spikes full of life. My work displays an alien figure and a distorted human figure with a smile depicting hope and positive energy on this quest to fight the pandemic. Red and yellow are a manifestation of the mood, with the loss of life, bringing sunshine and appreciation for the survival.

 

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