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Embassy hosts exhibition
United States Embassy in Harare
December 18, 2006
Seven Harare Polytechnic
visual arts graduands have demonstrated their lifelong commitment
to artistic expression by exhibiting their examination work at the
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in Eastgate. The students completed
a two-year course in visual arts at the Polytechnic. The exhibition,
which began in early December, runs until February 28th 2007.
Among the seven are two
female, Virginia Chihota and Portia Zvavahera, (pictures attached)
who have taken their gender roles to the art world.
a life long commitment," says Virginia. "Painting has
always been my passion."
focused on print making and textiles during her course, brings life
in print marking with experiments collaborating different techniques
of printing with found objects. Her artworks seem to be personal
experiences witnessed by her titles and subjects. It seems as if
she is painting or printing her life. In one of her works titled
"Inga ndinotaurika neni wani" (you are free
to speak to me) leaves art lovers with a keen interest on the artist's
artist, Portia, finds inspiration in communicating the behaviour
to champion the rights of children in artistic terms. This exhibition
is an opportunity for us as we enter the world out there. For us
exhibitions are a way to market our talents," she says shyly.
Portia shows a big passion
for children and her brush strokes reflects these feelings. Her
paintings reflect a larger degree of personal freedom like a child,
who has an awesome amount of concentration span when looking at
an adult. Her brushstrokes seem to be overlapping one after the
other giving them a joyous mood you will find in kids as they mimic
the expressions of their peers. She also uses newspaper cuttings
to her advantage- the result of which is a visual texture with the
effect of keeping audiences glued as they attempt to link word to
design and vice versa. Witness her brushstrokes and composition.
The two female students,
along with colleagues, Fungai Mwale, Tongesai Machiri, George Tom
graduated from the National Gallery Visual Arts (BAT) School where
they spent two years before proceeding to Harare Polytechnic in
2005. They automatically enrolled as second year students joining
two other colleagues, Samuel Ziso Mudiwa and Kumbulani Zamuchiya.
As the graduands look
to the future, they have hope about their prospects. This is aptly
depicted in the paintings by Fungai Mwale's print marking
and paintings whose theme at the exhibition is "hope".
In his paintings, Fungai expresses himself and the community that
brought him up.
In a number of his paintings
and prints you find bicycles.
He explains: "hope
is found in anyone even someone fixing a tyre puncture".
Through this logic Fungai
has managed to develop new techniques with his brush marks, which
are very controlled. Fungai's passion to find freedom is also
witnessed in colour. To him, colour expresses freedom.
Zimbabwe is gaining world
wide reputation for outstanding stone sculpture and there are several
stone sculptures at the exhibition by Samuel Ziso Mudiwa.
At the U.S.
Embassy's Public Affairs Section, the students' work
is exposed to an average traffic of 200 people each day with visitors
ranging from prospective students to American universities and researchers
using the library.
Relations between the
Harare Polytechnic and the U.S. started when one of their tutors
at the visual arts department went on a three-year exchange visit
with the Virginia Commonwealth University.
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