Various media of visual art forms exploring the influence of tradition and religion on families are on display at an exhibition featuring 68 artists from the country’s provinces showcasing graphic art, painting and multi-media 3 dimensional pieces at the Gallery Delta in Harare.
The artists are exploring media that constitute the work of art by looking at the role played by tradition and religion in moulding today’s family and society.
This is done through the use of painting and graphic art.
Various cultural expressions are captured through these art forms as tradition and religion are being examined.
In the artistic pieces, characteristics of a modern life are shown with relation to some deep rooted African morals and values. The artists through the use of paint on canvas also include works done in wood and stone reflecting the role played by tradition and religion in modern lives.
Gallery Delta curator, Gina Maxim says the various art pieces on show challenge people to reflect on the intricacy and sometimes conflicting features of society due to traditional and religious influence.
“Life is art and this exhibition shows the relationship between men and the complex nature of life due to religion and tradition,” said Maxim.
The exhibition also contrasts ancient norms like ‘Musenga Bere’ and ‘Kugara Nhaka,’ considered as primitive, against western and Christianity approved values such as white weddings.
The story of Noah’s Ark is also shown in a three dimensional metal on wood.
The exhibition highlights that family unity remains the cornerstone of people’s lives through the use of colour and artistic objects.