Running Exhibition

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

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Rememberance Chikuruwo

Born in August 1989, is a Zimbabwean visual artist who was born in Chivhu, Zimbabwe. His passion for art developed at a very tender age, having been inspired by his father, a renowned stone sculptor in Zimbabwe. The artist specialises in abstract art, concentrating on the natural flow of things and the origin or beginning of all created things.
“I prefer springstone because it allows me to apply techniques freely. I leave it with a smooth finish and it is all polished. The polishing brings out the real and natural colour of the stone.”

The Cure
This is a medicinal and perennial herb found in Southern Africa. Some people take it as tea because it cures dry cough, stomach and intestinal upset, the fever, irregular heartbeat and weakness of muscles which are the symptoms of COVID-19. The world is distancing itself away from the cure available. It is high time for world leaders to consider these God given resources. This could be the answer to a cure for this pandemic and other diseases in future. Let’s work together to find the cure.

 

Nyasha “Paula” Mutamba

She is a 21 year old who is currently doing her 3rd year in BTech in Fine Art at the Chinhoyi University of Technology and doing her industrial attachment at Village Unhu. She was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Growing up as an only child, she had to occupy herself and this let her to being fond of art. The artist has tried out and taught herself different art techniques, doing art as a hobby. It was only until she finished high school that she managed to attend a few art lessons at Peter Birch School of Art for a month. Soon after that she then embarked on her studies at Chinhoyi University.


Kukurukura hunge wapotswa (Being a survivor is the only way one can give a testimony)
This artwork depicts the ending of the COVID-19 situation were all locks are finally unlocked and only the survivors, the ones who felt the complete shutdown can testify. Both the ones who contracted the virus and those who felt imprisoned in their own homes can finally unmask their mouths and testify their survival. The artwork spots a young lady wearing a face mask which during this pandemic, is now like a second skin, more like a passport which one cannot cross borders without. Keeping this mask in place is a thick chain and the lock (made in China, where virus supposedly started), which obviously seems to burden the lady as she stares with eyes full of desire at her hope - the key. She ironically has a COVID-19 inspired hairstyle, an African thread head hairdo which resembles the structure of the virus which is all she thinks about during the tough times. In the background of the artwork are stories that run through her mind, stories that she will testify after the pandemic, after she has reached for the key.

 

Kutonhodzwa kwaChauruka is the title of a classical Zimbabwean Shona novel by David M. Chiguvare. The novel is about a traditional healer by the name Chauruka who was known for being quite troublesome to the villagers under Chief Dzumbunu who was dealt with accordingly. In relation to the theme of the exhibition the sun will rise again post COVID when the virus dies? In this artwork is a skull with eyes which resemble the structure of the corona virus which is representing the pandemic as a person. The skull spots a gold tooth which in day to day life depicts the financial status of one. In this case corona as a person is rich from having robbing us from our freedom and our jobs. The pandemic has left most of the population temporarily jobless and relatively poor since most are not making any income during this outbreak. As if to mock us, the skull seems to smile at us like a convict being taken to the cells thinking he is going to be back from us. The skull appears to be in motion too, in that as it fades away depicting the end of the outbreak with having managed to kill and defeat it. In the background of the artwork are stories of victims and stories of how the death of Corona came about.

 

Ronald Muranganwa

was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in October, 1996. He acquired a National Diploma in Art at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts And Design between 2015 and 2017. Muranganwa has participated in several group exhibitions and workshops within Zimbabwe since 2013. He has been featured in a publication by Newsday Newspaper in 2015 and won the first prize for the Tavatose/ Sisonke exhibition in 2015 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Ronald Muranganwa is a painter who loves experimenting with techniques using acrylic, fabric, oil paints and ink on paper or canvas.

19
The Corona Virus was first detected in Wuhan, China towards the end of 2019 and set off a global pandemic. From my view the Corona Virus is an invisible guest which came in our lives to destroy everything.
Life is unpredictable. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. It’s like we are blind, yet we can see. We keep going round in circles, clueless about how to carry on with life and its activities. Hopelessness starts to creep in but giving up is not an option. There is a lot that we can do to assist each other, emotionally so that life is easier. As we come together as one, let us fight against this pandemic.

 

Sharlene Robin Matundu

Is a self-taught photographer who was born (in February 1995) and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She studied Music Production at Boston City Campus College in Cape Town, South Africa and also did special effects make up in her spare time. Matundu found the camera very fascinating, as she would enjoy taking many pictures, until that fascination became a passion. This is where her journey as a Photographer began. She realised that one can tell stories using the unspoken word. Her inspiration is derived from her surroundings, traveling and poetry.

“I read somewhere that “The best photographs are the ones that express what a person is feeling in that moment." I believe that Art is a way of expressing the way you feel and see things around you and it is a way of telling people different stories.”

Sisterhood
We often ignore how important it is to support and build each other as women. We focus more on destroying one another. During this lockdown, I came to learn that one of my friends was sexually harassed at her work place. It got me so angry that it felt like it was me who was sexually harassed.
We are all sisters to each other - a mother, daughter and aunt to someone. Your pain is my pain, her pain is your pain. You silence her, you have silenced the whole world. You have silenced your own daughter, your own sister, the future.

 

 

Shorai Matambanadzo

Is a Social Change Entrepreneur who speaks through art inspired by his Shona roots. His work ranges from painting to sculpture, pyrography and also various artistic techniques, all done in the pursuit of environmentally sustainably means of speaking about the complex issues faced on earth.

 

The deadly novel;

Lamentations of a girl child


“The intention of my work is to express my passion for art especially through my sculptures, whose forms are shaped together by the fusion of collected trash I pick to form beautiful shapes and forms. In this body of work I chose to work with found objects because they exhibit unusual colours and uncommon figures and finishing touches accentuating the existing forms. Although I am also a painter, wood and stone sculptor, I am strongly drawn to working with found and discarded materials to create mixed media artefacts - eclectic and one off.
On this body of work I employed an experimental approach. Being a self-taught sculptor with little awareness or concern for the "rules", I found myself with a natural tendency to break them. I used industrial materials, found and discarded items that I picked from my neighborhood and mostly beyond use.
My hope is to share with the audience the beauty I see in these discarded, unnoticed items bringing awareness of the COVID 19 pandemic and the current lockdown the world is in. In this sense, the work calls to the idea of a place, feelings, emotions and deaths rather than their descriptions; an inclusive visual concept that I wish to consider at length, rather than a pictorial one. I also explored emotional links between poetry and visual art which are from the same field to form an all round creative moment. Descriptive richness of poetry is allowed for beguiling beauty and concrete emotional reactions through the discipline of rhythmic word structure, while the found objects added to the primary Intention of the pieces. This is containing an aesthetic illusion built on colour, form and shape. I prefer recording positive emotions and let the experience of creating guide me. I did not start with sketches and had no clear vision of how the finished pieces were going to present themselves. Working without a schedule allowed some of my pieces to rest for weeks until the proper process to finish them became clear.”

 

Sky S. Salanje

Was born in a family of artists. He has exhibited widely via Zimbabwe's leading platforms including his maiden group show at Gallery Delta, First Floor Gallery and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. He also exhibited with Guns & Rain at the Turbine Art Fair and in group shows in Johannesburg. He holds a certificate in Fine Art from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe School of Visual Art & Design (former B.A.T). He had first solo show in Johannesburg with Guns & Rain in May 2018.

Town Pass; 

Who has the key?
In one moment Salanje might make us think of expressionist Jawlensky or Munch. At the same time, he employs a palette and brushstroke that is clearly embedded in the contemporary art scene of Zimbabwe, and delivers a rich and unique style.
Salanje does not draw boundaries to his commentary, speaking implicitly and explicitly on religion, politics and human voices.

"Art is life. Let's sanitize, avoid crowded places and let's wear masks. We must stand together and fight the virus. Stay home. Stay safe."

 

Stanley Mutanga

Is a prolific stone sculptor working from my home based studio outside Harare. His preferred medium is Springstone and Green Opal. Most of my pieces in these traditional stones are carved entirely by hand with a hammer and chisel. His pieces are collected and exhibited by galleries around the world, including ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery (Canada), Ukama (Canada), Gallerie Serpentine (France) and Rwavhi Gallery (South Africa).


Continuity of Generations - Mankind will thrive beyond COVID-19
As a means to tell a story that inspires hope - a story of hope beyond the COVID-19 pandemic,
As a means to inspire courage in the face of adversity,
As a means to remind humankind that fruitfulness and child birth are a measure to counter this and any threat to the existence of our kind.
The world will exist definitely and for us as a people to be part of that future, we have to ensure the Continuity of Generations beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tadiwanashe “Tadiwa” Murowe

Is an artist from Harare, Zimbabwe. Born, raised and based in Zimbabwe, she studied Art up to O level at Westridge High School. Having only studied Art in high school and Political Science at tertiary level at the University of Zimbabwe, her passion for the major never left and she continued with it as a form of expression. From the fine art basics of painting and pencil work, she further ventured into freelance photography and graphic design. The young driven artist expanded her skills and fuelled her imagination and creativity.


The Two-faced Beast
True feelings are often concealed. Feelings of anxiety, frustration, weariness and hopelessness, to name a few are viewed as ugly, dark, deranged, unstable and are unwanted. They are a cry for help. We are often trapped in them, especially in dark times like these of uncertainty and loss; but mask them to manifest perfection. If we look closely at all angles. We are two-faced beasts.
The Two-faced Beast is about the haunting and avoided life experiences or “consequences of life” ranging from anxiety, frustrations, exhaustion, pressure, gloom and hopelessness among others. In a new world where keeping up with trends, perfection, and success has become the expectation, mental health issues have been avoided at personal levels of discussion. Mental health has always been hospitalised and positioned at an institutional level whilst society itself has avoided discussing and addressing the issue openly; making it difficult to overcome. This piece seeks to address this avoidance as it illustrates the internal emotion vs. the external portrayal of emotion in society.

Talent Kapadza

Is a Zimbabwean Visual Art Practitioner focusing on painting Graphic Design. In 2008 he enrolled at the national Gallery of Zimbabwe B.A.T Visual Art Studios in Harare. In the same year he became really enthused about his art through interaction with Helen Lieros, a Visual Artist and founder of gallery Delta.
Talent Kapadza holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Communications, BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Art and several awards in Zimbabwe.

“My works depict the abstract nature of the air waves, the Spiritual realms, the connection, the path of technology, and the Wi-Fi that we search for everyday constantly.”
The intangible nature of the air waves is represented by abstract strokes, lines and the touch of warm and cool colours.
I have work that is two dimensional and my paintings are characterised by various expressive splashes of paint.”

Acquiesce;

Breaking yoke of bondage

Layer upon layer of different splashes create a web of connection that find balance in what appears to be chaotic application of paint. Amazingly each colour stands out and draws the eye near into a world of abstraction.

 

 

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