A mixed media art exhibition under the theme: ‘Nharaunda yedu: Iwe neni tine basa’ (Our community: We have a part to play), is being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare to promote recycling and re-use of rubbish. 

Two visual artists Johnson Zuze and Ngonidzashe Tsiga say the art exhibition is aimed at redefining poetic dimensions that raise environmental awareness through the use of what is termed garbage.

Zuze and Tsiga are among the artists who are fighting against environmental degradation by using readily available materials to create art pieces.

“We saw that there is a gap and everyone is saying the environment is dirty but no one is willing to do anything about it, so during the bump we had as Zimbabwe whereby we could not afford to buy paint and materials for art, we still had to create art and material that was available was the rubbish that you see,” said Tsiga.

“Humans were given the responsibility to take care of the air we breathe, so our duty is to make sure that the air we breathe and our community is clean and that is what motivates us,” said Zuze.

Manicaland Minister of State Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe- Mutare Regional Manager Ms Elizabeth Muwusha commended the artists for hosting an exhibition that supports the government’s policy on environmental issues.

“The exciting part about the exhibition is how it fits with the recently launched “My environment, my pride clean-up campaign” by His Excellency the President of Zimbabwe Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” said Dr Gwaradzimba.

“We have a variety of creations, and art pieces which will amaze you because nothing was bought out of what you see, it is just found objects. It is literally picking from the ground and there comes a creative mind to say what do I see. When somebody sees waste, artists see money, they see creations,” said Ms Mawusha.

The exhibition touches on topical environmental issues and seeks to address the relevance of an artist and his work in promoting culture.