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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 Plans to enter the world of science were superseded only by the decision to pursue the lonely path of an artistic career!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


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.

 


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.

 


Enoch “Knox” Chimbetete

 

Fashion Lockdown
Art is a vehicle of expression and a social mouthpiece worldwide.
When the artistic realm is affected by global events the world loses its voice. A world without a voice is like a deaf and blind.
All our lifestyles have gone down the sewage drain, hence the use of a toilet seat cover that represents a classy hat on a woman of style. The chain and lock key is social imprisonment and enslavement by this pandemic.
Our lives of materialistic pleasures, represented by the cigar in the hand has now been suppressed by COVID-19 as we see red through dark lenses of life.

Roselyne Marikasi

She is a figure artist but in the recent past, her work has gravitated towards an exploration of materials like fibers and threads to create texture and create delicate lines on canvas.

“This exploration started with my fascination with word play with certain adages, for instance “the fabric of society”. I literally took these words and deconstructed fabric or cloths in order to begin my inquiry on this theme. Another interesting “Adage is “men of the cloth”. This interesting word play has drawn me towards fabric and I am also interested in using our local fabric as part of my identity. My work has become more of an expression, and play on word symbols and suggestions. Fabric and fibers are important in my work because I am also a seamstress. This has brought about a poetic element in my work. Sometimes I wear the clothes, whose fabric I have used in my paintings.”

 Disruption of the Womb Man

In this painting the artist is comparing the earth to a womb because they share similarities in the fact that both are ecosystems. Womb man refers to the bible verse that makes reference to a woman as a womb man. Her potential to bear children, to self-sustain the fetus in her womb. Similarly the earth replenishes itself and sustains itself. Humanity can only make its way through a woman, the woman is the gateway into this world. If her ecosystem is disrupted there are serious consequences that can cause the seizure of the woman’s ability to reproduce. In the same when the earth’s ecosystem is disrupted it can cause untold devastation.

Hugh Hatitye Mbayiwa

He was born in Zimbabwe in May 1973. He studied art in high school and attained a certificate in Fine Art and Kodak Photography at the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design (former BAT Studios) in 1995. The artist had 5 solo exhibitions between 2003 and 2017 in South Africa and Germany and participated in several group exhibitions from 2008 till presently.

His work is in private collections in South Africa.
Hugh Mbayiwa taught art and did a lot of volunteer work in Zimbabwe and South Africa between 1999 and 2014.

“I believe that the greatest fortune is to be exposed to our capabilities so that we can explore the real and endless possibilities within us.”


Returnees’ Rate
In this painting the artist has used some ships and boats to symbolise huge transportation of people returning to their respective countries. His great feeling is a lot of jobs will be lost and therefore a lot more people will feel like going back to their countries of origin as they assess the COVID-19
behaviour. As it looks, the use of masks and social distancing will stay with is for some time; hence the symbols that reflect the pandemic.

Jane Chipara

The strong passion for Imaging Visionary Objects of Nature’s Reserve and Contemporary Elements of a developing community constitutes the springboard of Jane Chipara’s maiden artworks inclusive of Lyric Poetry. She is an emerging young female artist from Rusape, in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. Her inborn skill of imagery impressions started and attracted the attention of her Junior School authorities who promoted her skills to exhibit her natural and environmentally inspirational artworks on international education platforms.

“While the world is engrossed in numerous challenges and occurrences in Health, Natural and environmental devastations and Issues, it is imperative to develop an awareness platform through comprehensive and creative artworks that herald rays of hope and courage to combat these uncertainties and demands upon the global youths.
I am eager to bring art to basic humanity. ”

Floodgates
Life is saturated with a whole world of surprises; those of profound joy or absolute horror. Let it be the joyful ones or the horrible ones. Enthusiastically enduring through a tumultuous life cycle, one can actually form a foundation for development in one’s life. Take note that after a storm comes a calm, so don’t quit before the miracle happens.

Kudakwashe Musingarabwi

He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in December 1988. He enrolled at the Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) for two years. He usually works on prints and addresses topical societal issues. Musingarabwi aims to convey perceptions on crises to alleviate hopeless situations. He has participated in several exhibitions in Zimbabwe.

Our Frontline Heroes and Heroines;
Wife Murders Husband at Emganwini after Fighting Over the Remote Control
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons about life. It is a virus which is very dangerous and deadly, disrupting all facets of our lives. Yes, people are vulnerable but when we unite we become one strong voice. We can overcome this through following the safety precautions.
Great sacrifice has been shown by the frontline offices, institutes donors and some individuals. They indeed have become our heroes and heroines. Like ants, they have worked selflessly in unison. Let us all support them by adhering to preventive measures as pronounced by our Government.
As a country let us therefore stop gender based violence and vandalism of our quarantine facilities. A big No to non-compliance to prevention and protection measures. We must put all efforts at defeating our common enemy, COVID-19.
Unity of purpose is our hope for the future!

Kundai Nathan

She is a young Zimbabwean artist born in April 1999. Her repertoire of art combines the use of mixed media to address social and cultural issues in society. Her work has been exhibited at the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design during ICAC (2017), a show which was curated by four young curators, including herself.


Face Mask
Face masks - the good, the bad! The corona virus pandemic has elicited some of the most bizarre designs of face masks from around the world. Nothing beats the creative mind. However to a large extent, the true gravity of the disease is not demonstrated as some of the face masks are rather just symbolic. In the absence of a universal template of the defensive mask, different communities have come up with diverse designs of masks, which do not only illustrate their creativity but also how they perceive the pandemic as other prototypes to hedge on superstitions. Also to borrow from scenes of gothic horror. Some people appear as wearing an emblem of a new religion whilst others are depicted as citizens of another planet. “Oh God! Like a passing cloud, we wish this phase to be behind us. Are these the signs of the end times?”

 

Mukwende, a bag that was used by traditional healers to carry their medicine. I made this one for myself to carry my medicine. In this lockdown since it is difficult to get medical attention in hospitals, we can be our own healers, mentally or physically. I used strips of material and a clay pot because those are the materials that speak most to me. They remind me of my home as an African young woman.

 

 

Lawrence Nyemba

He is a self-taught painter born in August 1991 in Marondera, Zimbabwe. He moved to South Africa, where he discovered his talent in art. Nyemba started off painting cars in 2013 at a garage which he was employed, which led him to develop his techniques. This is when he became a full time artist. He returned home in 2014 where he attended French lessons at Alliance Française. These lessons landed him in Victoria Falls, where he was exposed to different types of art. From 2015 his journey in art began from there.

Awareness

“I’m your mother and I know better. I’m the world you're living in and I am a lot wiser. I’ve seen and experienced horrible situations throughout the ages. Tough times came and I suffered. Good times came and I was happy. I still am happy, as I continue to grow.
One of the most important things I’ve ever done is to look after myself. This s why I'm still here, standing. I know times are hard for you but there's always hope.”

 Martina Gruber

Born and raised in Austria is a photographer, social anthropologist, traveller, a wanderer, a gatherer of inspiration from journeys. Much of her professional life has been fueled by her passion to organise and manage trans-culture projects that span across the divide between separate cultural entities. As an artist Gruber explores the medium of still and moving images and is drawn to the seemingly unremarkable, peoples' stories, reflections and the wide view. She has traversed continents and cultures, finding places and kindred spirits that emotionally imprint upon her along the way. Places she has called home include the Salzburger Pinzgau, the Austrian Capital City Vienna, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the Southern African Region. Currently Martina lives and works in Zimbabwe and Austria.


Up Against These Walls – a series of 5 photographs

The abrupt stop of things and halt in our worlds with COVID-19 first felt like an unreal reality to me. It took a little while until the impact of all that on our lives triggered, slowly, like hourglasses. Personally I had a solo exhibition scheduled in Austria that I was working towards. I had all the prints made and ready to take over with me in April. I was excited to show work in the country I was born. I am a photographer, I get my stimulation from being out walking the world, my surroundings, …. all this changed …. for the good? I travelled inwards, I enjoyed discovering all the small things and scenes around me. The emergency braking made me pause, made me stand face to face with my fears, feeling my head against the wall. I learned, trusted, took a step back and embraced this wall. Knowing, feeling the sun is in my eyes. The world as we know it has been dissolving. But behind it comes a new world, the formation of which we can at least imagine, like projections on a wall. Let's work with the new reality and embrace the presence. It might take us to a wonderful journey towards the core of our humanity and creativity.

Matthew Garvin

Matthew Garvin is an emerging international artist from Zimbabwe who has just finished studying Fine Art (BA) at the University of Wolverhampton in England. He has always had a strong desire to create, which has been nurtured throughout his time spent studying art. It is both the human body and the human condition that captivate him, and they have formed the retrospective of his works. Through removal of various aspects and features of the body via the layout of the composition, he has begun to question how we view the human form and the narrative surrounding it when we are unable to see the full picture. What connotations arise when this happens? The viewer has been given a fragment of a narrative within the painting, whilst what is truly going on exists outside of the viewers gaze. It is almost as if the viewer is too late to the scene and something has already taken place and we are left with the aftermath of a passing moment.


A dichotomous existence brings to light the realities of the present day. As a result of the global COVID - 19 pandemic, now more than ever we are confronted with the reality of who we are and the duality of our existence. As global events seemingly spiral out of control, this piece was born out of the idea that we are constantly forced to take one side or the other. Our identities are challenged as we seek to find a place in society. We are asked to take action yet we are confined to our homes. Asked to speak out but not in person, all whilst our actions are continuously judged to determine which camp we belong to.

Mukudzei Muzondo

As an up - and - coming mixed media artist, Mukudzei Muzondo devotes himself to investigating the historical and contemporary contexts, questioning the human condition in urban society. Through experimentation with various objects using different mediums from Screenprint to Assemblages, his artworks generate an interesting analysis on the human existence in societal and political spaces. Also highlighting the contemporary inquiries on identity and belonging, his artworks are an introspection based on the narrative of the body and life defined through experiences. They are constantly attempting to give form and meaning in articulating the state of being.

Muzondo was born in 1983 in Kwekwe, a city in the Midlands Province, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Harare. He completed his Foundation Certificate at Peter Birch School of Art. At the National Gallery School of Visual Art and design, he did his Advanced Certificate and was selected to be an Artist in Residency there. He advanced his art studies graduating with a National Diploma in Fine Art at Harare Polytechnic College. Mukudzei Muzondo has participated in various group exhibitions, international workshops and art residences. He has held two solo exhibitions in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Matendere/Nests is a conscious inception of ideas expressed out of circumstances and experiences related to isolation. It is an exploration of the ontological realm between materiality and home. I became interested in the idea of how I can relate to objects that occupy a confined space (in a “Stay at home” scenario) faced with the contemporary situation of lockdown and restrictions. I thereafter felt the need to investigate and embrace different ways of creating work with the inclusion of everyday objects; by challenging myself with the possibilities of redefining my creative processes and finding a contrasting voice and new ways of artistic expression.

Mulenga J Mulenga

Is a multimedia visual artist who was born in 1987, in Lusaka, Zambia. She works across disciplines such as painting, sculpture, installation, drawings, photography and performance art. In 2019, she was awarded the most outstanding Female Visual in Zambia during the National Ngoma Awards ceremony by the National Arts Council.
Recently she attended a residence programme at Gasworks, London for 3 months and she is currently participating in the Sanaa exhibition which is part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Some of the exhibitions she has participated in include: Tupelo International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Cape Town, Dar’Art Biennial;Gallery of Small Things , Senegal; Zambia: Contemporary art in the making, the African Studies Gallery, Israel (all in 2018); Biennial of Contemporary Art Seychelles, Seychelles National Museum; African Voices, National Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe; African Creative Ensemble Festival, Limpopo, South Africa; & Kuboneshagu Women’s National Exhibition, Lusaka National Museum (all 2017). She is a 2015 Asiko international School Alumni under CCA Lagos and attended the Summer school of International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg , Austria in 2015.

On the 18th of March 2019 Zambia confirmed the first case of COVID-19 and as numbers increased the government introduced a series of measures to curb the transmission rate. The government closed down international airports, all schools; movement restrictions and closure of non essential services such as restaurants bars and public gatherings. However international land borders remained open, including movement of commercial and border crossing to avoid negative impact on trade and economy.

"The economic effect of the lockdown has had a very negative effect on the poor people especially women and children. The COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding at a time when the country and society is struggling with rights of women and girls. Because of lack of funds due to economic set back of the pandemic, more cases of domestic violence, teenage pregnancies and child marriages have been reported.

 The lasting impact of this pandemic on the country’s social economic, cultural and traditional conditions can not go without notice. Locally people feel that wearing of face masks, (one of the ways to protect yourself from catching Covid-19) is political economic propaganda from far East (China). This reminds me of the Nyau performance (a traditional ceremony of the Chichewa speaking people) and I question the relevance of masking in this era and if at all it will become part of African traditional practice. Are we part of a masquerade as conspiracy theory puts it?"

Munyaradzi Innocent Mashamaire

Is an Artist based at Great Zimbabwe Monuments where he works as an Exhibitions Officer. In his spare time as an Artist, he enjoys drawing, painting, photography and graphics work. Among all these, painting is his passion, the key to his creative engine. Though the subject matter of his work may vary, color remains its constant theme. He prizes color for its powerful symbolism and employs it to communicate emotion and mood. To achieve this, he normally uses the marbling technic - the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to canvas. Inspiration for his work comes from the details and moments of everyday life. In this case, he is greatly inspired by the way COVID-19 has affected the world over and in particular his country (Zimbabwe) through the paintings  .
Catch Them Young shows the constrained and resourceful way activities are being carried out in households - including home-schooling, exercise and playtime with respect to COVID-19 restrictions. The lockdown has affected hundreds of millions of children, with a potential negative impact on their education and mental wellbeing. The message is let’s “Catch them young” and educate them.

Surviving Lockdown

In the painting Surviving Lockdown, a woman is loaded with tomatoes that she is selling and at the same time taking care of her baby. The Artist portrays how the lockdown has exposed women and children to stress, hunger and anxiety. Family incomes are being lost and parents are struggling to care for their children and make ends meet.

 

Nothando Chiwanga

Was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1997. She works predominantly in the medium of performance art, photography and collage. She learnt at Queen Elizabeth Girls School and graduated from the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design in 2019. The artist has exhibited in the New Signatures and Green shoots Exhibition. She is currently an artist in residence at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Nothando Chiwanga has participated in various workshops like the realism with John Kotze, performance art with Sithembile Msezane, Art and Ethics with Julius Mushambadope. She believes that art is like medicine of the soul.


Simuka I-IV – Self-Portraiture
My work reflects struggle, sorrow, power and faith of a young lady during COVID-19 lockdown. The young female is characterised by melancholic expression; also showing the way we think and behave. Our culture, all time zones and all work of life has been changed due to the pandemic. The self-portraiture shows a true personality of herself. The poses of the female give a greater opportunity of hope and connection with the society. The barricade tape resembles danger and warning.

Nyadzombe Nyampenza

is a photographer and conceptual artist. His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He was a participant at the Bamako encounters, and regularly exhibits in local group shows. The artist is a recipient of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s Annual Art Exhibition award.

Mai Zvichauya I & II

A woman is a symbol of expectation, and hope. She is a reflection on the condition of pregnant women during the pandemic. She embodies uncertainty but also possibility. Some pregnancies were midterm before the virus broke out. People have not been constrained from starting a family since the outbreak. What future awaits the unborn child? The woman is stalked by death as she carries and protects the new life in her womb. Death seems to co-exist with life in the moment. Mai Zvichauya is a Shona term used to refer to an expectant mother.

Paddington Tinaye Kaseke

Is a multimedia designer, now looking to specialise in animation and motion graphics. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at Midrand Graduate Insitute (now Pearson) in South Africa. In 2018, he formed a partnership with my best friend Tinashe Moyo to form Aptitude Legends, which he now works under. Aptitude Legends has been creating short flat animations since then.
“Aptitude Legends draws inspiration from life experiences especially childhood, where imagination was at its peak. In terms of style, we like to experiment with different types of animation and styles because certain stories require certain styles.”

Creative Block
Don’t you just hate it when, during lockdown, you have all this time to create that grand project, but you can’t think of anything? The idea the just disappears as soon as it’s about to develop and each day goes by without anything fruitful. Inside our heads, the creative block crew is just waiting to wipe out any potential ideas as soon as they develop. You can only wish for that one idea that is bright enough to defeat the darkness of the creative block and free up our minds to be creative.

Peter Chahwanda

Is a young graffiti artist born in 1995 and started doing art in primary school and continued with his passion for art in high school, where he was one of the best art student. He never attended any art school and this is his first time to exhibit.

“Be who you are and let the world adjust.”

 Dusk Till Dawn
Everyone has got questions and answers about COVID-19 and I personally picture it as this scary person who is here to take away everything owned by humanity; someone who is here to destroy the world regardless of who you are and so far you have succeeded. So now it iss up to us as the people of earth to come together and fight COVID-19.

Peter Musami

Is a mixed media visual artist who has been practicing in Harare, Zimbabwe, from the late 2000s. With influences derived from nature, contemporary affairs, societal culture and music, he has developed as a painter and sculptor whose work is not necessarily a quest for new art-forms, but rather a pursuit of discovering and demonstrating different dimensions to the already established art genres of mixed-media assemblage and abstract paintings.

“I painted this body of work in my home studio, which basically has been my quarantine space since this whole nightmare started. I had all the victims to this novel virus in my heart and mind (Mudzimundiringe, meaning a call out for protection from ancestors; hence the masked portrait figures in these paintings). The ripple effects of this pandemic has given me and certainly everyone, time to think and to view life from a whole different perspective; events that at times bring human kind to its knees and eventually make us pick ourselves up with a common agenda to rebuild and reunite as a people.
I have no doubt in my mind that this plague has actually made a vivid footprint in the history of mankind. And if anything, life has taught us to keep evolving and to keep moving forward."

 


 

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.

 

 


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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