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Graffiti becomes powerful social, political tool in Zimbabwe
Chigoriwo, VOA News
September 25, 2013
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generally used in many countries by artists and political activists
to express underlying social and political messages and is a form
of artistic expression based upon spray paint styles.
Chinhoyi University of Technology Art lecturer Julius Nyamubaya
says the emergence of graffiti of late is a clear testimony of lack
of freedom of expression in the country and a deficiency of confidence
in people’s protection after expressing oneself.
graffiti, which is common in Europe, is un-African but is fast catching
up in the southern African region with artists in Mozambique using
the form of art to deal with post-civil war consequences. Some use
images on walls, written words and spray paintings and other tools.
Nyamubaya says graffiti known as “protest art” is quick
art that can be done by anyone and is nobody’s art that is
synonymous with the oppressed.
Chinhoyi University of Technology final year student Mavis Pakamisa
says there is always a desire in her to communicate to the people
and the society about something different.
Mavis says she grew up in a community where children, let alone
the girl-child, were not allowed to be heard.
graffiti artists for using it to express themselves.
Englebert Mashuma says he was forced to use graffiti to spread his
party, the MDC-T’s policies, because of shrinking space in
the country for them to openly reach ordinary people.
Muchadei Mahove says graffiti messages are genuine and come from
But Nyamubaya is quick to warn that graffiti messages should not
be regarded as the general thinking of the whole community.
Most of the
graffiti in the cities is focusing on the July
31 national elections with some thanking if for forcing the
Zanu-PF government and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority
to cancel water and electricity bills, some backdating to 2009.
Some Zimbabweans are also using graffiti to express their anger
at the treatment of workers by some Chinese companies in the country.
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