A mixed media art exhibition under the theme; “Nharaunda Yedu: Iwe Neni Tine Basa” is being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare to promote recycling and reuse of rubbish.
Two visual artists Johnson Zuze and Ngonidzashe Tsiga said 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 was saying the environment is dirty but no one was 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, still we had to create art and materials that were available was the rubbish,” said Tsiga while Zuze noted that; “humans were given the responsibility to take care of the air we breathe, so our duty is to make sure that that oxygen and our communities are clean and that is what motivates us”.
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 just launched ‘My Environment, My Pride’ clean-up campaign by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” Minister Gwaradzimba said.
“We have variety of creations, art pieces which will amaze you when looking at them because nothing was bought, they are just found objects. It is literally picking from the ground and there comes a creative mind which says what do I see. When somebody sees waste, artists see money, they see creations,” noted Ms Muwusha.
The exhibition touches on topical environmental issues and seeks to address the relevance of an artist and his work in promoting culture.