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Bambanani exhibition at NGZ

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe will, on October 11, present Beneath the Surface: Bambanani, a body of work by female artist Tashinga Matindike-Gondo.

Report from nationalgallery.co.zw
Bambanani is a Ndebele word for “unite” and Tashinga’s idea for this show was inspired by the birth of her first child.

 
Her work is an exploration of the interior and exterior experience of her entry into motherhood, as well as a celebration of the union of mother and child.

 
Beneath the Surface is her first solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ).

 
For the exhibition, she made the artworks using objects that she collected.

 
The artist also made use of digital media in her production process.

 
Describing her work, Tashinga said: “My mode and iconography is inspired by the tradition of Ndebele house painting, a creative process which involves the use of bright colours to create expressive symbols.

 
“In my work, I manipulate words representative of the various thoughts and feelings that I experienced during my pregnancy and after the birth of my child. The manipulation of these words results in the creation of what I term ‘textual designs or symbols’.”

 
The visual narrative in her work elucidates the union of mother and child.

 
Her individual experience is illustrated in the archival works as she sheds light on the role of a woman in a cultural context and within the community.

 

 
Tashinga’s sentiments are reflective of the late Colleen Madamombe’s views and advocacy on the role of women in society.

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