Local visual artist and fine art lecturer Misheck Matambanadzo will later this month travel to Botswana for a solo exhibition proposal with the Botswana Gallery as a way of collaboration among various cultures.
Matambanadzo, who has been exhibiting his works at the Frame Gallery in Gaborone, Botswana, has managed to draw attention with his popular piece titled, November Friday.
“My work is from a new dimension that will prove that art is dynamic and should be concerned with what is happening at that particular moment as is in November Friday,” he said.
He said November Friday was a follow up of the revolutionary Friday After 8 which made a breakthrough at the exhibition “Zimbabwe Today” that was recently held at Gallery Delta.
He added that it depicted the healing wounds from a heavily distressed economic crisis like in 2002 when it was difficult to spare even just a dollar to spend during special holidays like the festive season.
“The piece mainly conveys people enjoying a moment during the festive season when they are graced with bumper harvests in the form of bonuses and it gives an impression of how Zimbabweans are now feeling after the economic hardships the country went through,” said Matambanadzo.
He said he had also been recently invited to take part in another exhibition in Cape Town at the Douglas Kentor Sudios, a private collector who had seen one of his works during a visit in Zimbabwe and immediately invited him to his country for an artist-in-residence programme.
Matambanadzo said his works were usually based on stories from childhood township scenes with a poetic feeling of sadness, emptiness and desolation which revealed his experiences of both today and before.
Matambanadzo has participated in several group and solo exhibitions, including the annual prestigious Zimbabwe Heritage Biennale since 2002 to date.
He said he had also coordinated several art workshops in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia and had also participated at the Umoja Art Camp in Maputo, Mozambique in 2006.