BY TENDAI SAUTA
ZIMBABWE’S Village Unhu Art Gallery was rated among the best and most innovative creative showcases at the recently held Investec International Cape Town Art Fair.
The Investec International Cape Town Art Fair held from February 16 to 19 made a return after a two-year sabbatical due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Harare-based gallery had a curation of best works of Misheck Masamvu and Georgina Maxim (the gallery owners) National Arts Merit Award Winner Evans Tinashe Mutenga, Nyasha Marovatsanga, Kenmore Maruta and Epheas Maposa.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Maxim said their content gave lots of inspiration and communicated several aspects of a people’s lives without pointing to colour issues.
“Most people received our art because it provided lots of variety from the majority of Mzansi exhibitors who were too hard on pushing the Black Lives Matter #Statement,” Maxim said.
“There is a huge fascination in putting a black portrait in South Africa. Black as in colour. Our display booth had mixed art, collage, newsprint and paste drawings.”
Apart from Village Unhu Art Gallery, First Floor Gallery and artefacts of local artists namely Ephias Maposa, Evans Tinashe Mutenga and Kenmore Maruta were showcased at the art fair.
Globally-claimed painter Maposa said: “My commentary is more philosophical and stretches your imagination to find answers to life. I experiment much with my creativity and work in my own way in defining things from scratch.”
Maruta’s Ghetto Flowers collection which was part of the exhibition is a collection of paintings that shed light on social behavioural challenges faced by youth in urban settings.
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