Mteki leaves for Germany


LOCAL award-winning photographer Nancy Mteki flew out of the country yesterday for the prestigious four-month Autonomous Cultural Centre (ACC) Valerie Weimar African Artistes In Residency Programme in Weimar, Germany.


Speaking to NewsDay yesterday before her departure, a delighted Mteki said being selected for such a programme will help add a new dimension to her budding career.

“Honai exhibition is taking me places. This is another great opportunity for me to learn new things that would add value to my work as an artiste,” Mteki said.

She said her selection is an indication that female artists can also make their presence felt through hard work urging female artists to strive for the best to match or even surpass their male counterparts.

The talented Mteki has become the first African applicant to be selected for the programme that will run under the theme The Art of Simulation between February and May 2016.

Nancy Mteki etched

The international studio programme of the ACC Galerie and the City of Weimar was founded in 1994.

Mteki was selected for the programme in consideration of her work from the Honai (Look) series — which draws inspiration from women and their daily life experiences — exhibited at her second solo exhibition held in September 2014 at Njelele Art Station in Harare.

Through the Honai (Look) series, Mteki portrayed the plight of African women in a society where a woman’s success is linked to marriage and failure to being ditched by a man, telling the story in a Zimbabwean context, mainly on how people stereotype women in society.

Inspired by her father Richard, Nancy started photography in 2008 and her first photo exhibition in the country was at the 2009 Gwanza Month of Photography where she was awarded an Honorary Mention Certificate.

In 2013, she toured Senegal where she participated at the Dakar Art Biennale African Visual Arts, walking away with the Deveron Arts Biennale Residency Prize.

She has exhibited her work in Europe, Zimbabwe, South Africa and other parts of the continent.