Running Exhibition

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

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Tinashe Isaac Katandawa

Born in December 1993 is from Harare, Zimbabwe and is currently living in Cape Town, South Africa as a full time artist. The lockdown, for the artist has inspired him to explore or experiment on various techniques and medium.
After high school, he decided to enroll at the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design in 2014. There he acquired drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture andGraphics skills but he majored in painting and printmaking. He is currently a full time artist based in Cape Town.

“My work depicts the racial challenges which affect human kind. This pandemic caught most of us unaware and it has caused so much frustration among us. The lockdown has given me time to meditate in these hard times - the wearing of face masks and gloves, trying to protect ourselves from this virus. The isolation has drawn family and friends miles apart."

Blonde in Quarantine shows the challenges women are facing. Prostitution is not paying in these adverse times. “Who is going to pay my rent?” No response yet given.

Mask on Point shows the struggle of surviving, trying to breathe but the air in my mask is not enough.

 

 

Tinos Melvin Laird Ndirowei 

A thirty eight year old male artist who studied art at Masvingo Polytechnic in 2001-2003. Having tried some road side art marketing after college, he was employed as a teacher in 2009. He was then enrolled at GZU between 2015 and 2017.


Laird has been highly influenced by Western art. Recently he has adopted a painting style inspired by the anatomy of birds, and insects, reptiles, trees and animals. His interest in African themes has prompted him to respond to contemporary issues like COVID-19, Cyclone Idai, gender based violence, discrimination against barren people as well as vendors.

“Covid-19 a virus which was first discovered in Wuhan province of the people’s republic of china has been declared a world pandemic. This disease has been spreading like a veld-fire. It has taken a lot of lives the world over in a swift and painful way to the families, the communities and countries. World commerce had been put on a halt affecting virtually every individual. The world health organization has been seized with the matter of finding a solution to this disease, fighting this disease as well as educating the whole world about COVID-19.
The state of lockdown has been implemented in every country of the world. This is a measure put by every government to stop the wanton spread of the virus to many inhabitants of countries. In the time of lockdown, this artist has been confined to his home. A lot of thoughts and meditation has been done to map the way forward which the artist could add his voice in the spreading of the message about covid-19. To spread the message is also a way of fighting the disease by raising an awareness about the disease. The use of the protective masks, social distancing, and sanitization of surroundings are some of the topical points being shown in the artworks.”

 

COVID-19 Trauma 1
The whole world towns are shaken by the pandemic, death is coming fast and no relatives are burying their loved ones. Doctors are doing their part to save the human race using their knowledge and wearing protective clothing. In the background there are people of all the races of the world showing grief caused by the pandemic.

 

Grocery replenishing in lockdown
The lockdown which was imposed in every country is tough. Replenishing groceries is a big challenge due to strict human movement embargo. These mothers are using the little time allocated to them to buy all the grocery consumables.

 

 Tanyse Van Vuuren

Having grown up in Zimbabwe and done all of her schooling at Chisipite Junior and Senior School in Harare, Tanyse Van Vuuren has had the privilege of a high standard of education. She appreciates different cultures and immersing herself in the stories of people from other nations, those seemingly small, insignificant war torn nations. The artist has been deeply impacted by spending time in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia through opportunities to study with Youth with a Mission, an International mission organisation. It is from these travels and studies that she draws inspiration for her artworks, as well as her work in different communities in and around Harare. Van Vuuren has also been shaped by her time studying in South Korea – which has given her an Asian slant to many techniques in fine art. The artist has grown in love for painting with mixed media, printmaking - both woodcut and linoleum, and ink painting. However, she longs to keep adding to her skills in installation art, sculpture and performance art. Tanyse Van Vuuren is passionate about growing in expression and helping others on that journey too; as well as being a part of people’s healing through creative exploration and expression.


Future Coming Toward
This artwork explores time. The pandemic has interrupted the normal routines. The normal has been turned upside down and we as a global community has been left to navigate this new space of time not travelling, staying at home, having more time.
It has afforded many with time to think and reflect.
As a new mother, having given birth just before lockdown started, travelling had already become a luxury. Time at home was normal, although adjusting to restrictions and living within a whole new realm of uncertainties about the future has been challenging.
In this time I have also done some reading and research about the effects of the lockdown on the environment which is what this piece expresses. I wanted the urgency of the question of climate change to come through this work of art, and my thoughts about nature fighting back in this time.
This is portrayed in the tree pushing up and growing through the ashes of lives lost. There is a faint sketch of the world which is a comment on the scope of who has been affected by this pandemic and who is needing to make incremental changes and where possible drastic changes to save the planet. While working on this piece, it brought me face to face with my own need for change, to reposition myself in light of this new future I am facing as a result of this pandemic.

 Tinotenda Chivhinge

Tinotenda Chivhinge is a product of the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design. He has exhibited widely in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2013 and 2020. Chivhinge did a residency at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2015 and at the Animal Farm Studio from 2017 to 2020. Tinotenda Chivhinge has done mural commissions for a delegation of the European Union in 2015 and 2018.

“I work hard to develop my skills in sculpture that speak both to the audience and myself. I interrogate our Zimbabwe cultural history, with a contextual application to relative stories. Before I begin to create my work I select objects viewed as trash and transform them into works of art. I do this in a bid to breathe new life in “trash” which is a symbolism for our long forgotten culture and and lifestyle; and to provoke people’s thought and conversation towards the Zimbabwean culture."
“Through my work I aim to express my thoughts and concerns about this deadly virus. My work is also a form of prayer shouting out to God for his power and protection. The open mouth on all the figures is to appeal to people, my audience to take the necessary precautions and to choose life over death, hence the repetition of the characters wearing masks.”

 Wallace Nyamangara

Was born in 1994, Harare, Zimbabwe. He currently lives and works in Dubai, UAE. His works focus on building metaphors for social and intimate spaces. The artist uses figure drawing images from the restless energy of his perspective.

“I work on any medium I can express myself on. The past few months for me have just been about experimenting and striving to convey messages from my perspective on life.”

 Webster Mubayirenyi

Was born in January 1976 in Seke District, Chitungwiza. He did his visual arts education at the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design.
Mubayirenyi has exhibited extensively around in and outside Zimbabwe since 2008 and also received awards between 2009 and 2019. He has work in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and appeared in the press between 2014 and 2017.
He is enthused by spiritual dreams, focusing on beautiful, colourful abstract landscapes – politically, traditionally and internationally. Mubayirenyi enjoys working on canvas, using acrylic and oil paint. He derives his inspiration from Luis Merque, Handert Warsser and Collin Carr. He is sometimes inspired by the traditional way of farming, locally and internationally using the terrace technique. Vibrant and ethnic colours are used in his work as a way of attracting viewers for an agricultural purpose to promote Zimbabwean farming.

Will Africa Survive?
The Corona Pandemic situation has become worrisome. Africa is beginning to lose hope – deaths and loss of jobs has put us all at edge because of this deadly disease. Will we survive? Is there a future for many generations to come?

 Yandani Mlilo

Is a multidisciplinary female artist. Her art skills range from acting (theatre and screen), visual art, cinema & audiovisual, dance, creative writing, and arts entrepreneurship. She studied her visual art at Peter Birch School of art in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mlilo has been a practicing artist for over 10 years but this is her first time to participate in an exhibition.


Pamwe Zvichapera (It might end soon)
After the numerous extensions of the lockdown, it became unclear as to when the phase would be over. The stresses and anxiety people went through whilst waiting in uncertainty for the next announcement was nerve wrecking.

Hidden Identities
This refers to how the current restriction has created a drift in social circles; whereby it has become a challenge to identify each other with the facial mask conditions. This has a chance of creating a danger and threat when it comes to violence perpetrated against humanity and the failure to adequately identify your offender.

 Zvikomborero Nyamapfene 

Born 16 January 1997, Zvikomborero Nyamapfene studied Art and Computer Science in High School and is currently enrolled as a final year student at the University of Zimbabwe, studying Computer Science.

“Arts, crafts and photography have always been the drivers for my creative nature in my life. I enjoy working with spray paint and abstract art subjects, with a variety of works produced under the theme of “the universe”. I believe art helps one realise the conscious side of them as it induces emotions and energy to its audience.”

The Hunter’s Moon
By the time the full moon rose over ancient cultures at the end of October, the harvest had usually been completed, leaving the fields wide open and stubbly. Leaf-dropping trees stood stripped and starkly skeletal under this brilliant moon, which illuminated deer, wild boars, foxes, and other animals as they foraged in the fields for leftover nuts, fruit, vegetables, and grains. Hunter-gatherers welcomed this time of year, and this helpful moon, for its promise of abundant and reasonably easy hunting. Appropriately, they referred to their beacon above as the “Full Hunter’s Moon”.
Hunter’s Moon was named as it signified a time of easy hunting, even deep into the night to prepare for the long winter ahead. Hunter's Moon is mentioned in several sources as the Anglo-Saxon name for the Full Moon of October. This is the month when the game is fattened, and it is time to start preparing for the coming winter. Traditionally, this included hunting, slaughtering and preserving meats for use in the coming winter months.
The photo album presented was shot on the night of October 14, 2019; little did we know this was the day the moon warned us of the coming pandemic. However, the yellow effect did not last longer than 2 hours and a clean white moon took over the night. Hope still stands even beyond the days of COVID-19.

 

 

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