Bulawayo Conversation: Art, Diaspora and Humanity- My personal story.

June 2020

Sabona, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Art, Diaspora and Humanity: My Personal Story
Time: Jun 23, 2020 14:30 Harare, Pretoria

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Meeting ID: 499 063 9072 Password: 9AQPqv

Tamu Nkiwane is a London-based artist whose work considers resonances from the past through examining the surrounding environment and gathering and reassembling particular materials and objects. A mode of autobiographical research underpins his work, be that a focus on the detritus of urban streets of London or, more recently, the more unfamiliar surroundings of Zimbabwe. Commerce and trade are features which allow Nkiwane’s work to explore historical amnesia and socio-political positions of an individual or a collective demographic in a competitive system. Working in the context of the found, each inquiry is a phase of a larger conceptual idea which explores the gap between the material and the spiritual based on visual and non-visual symbols and systems.

Recent solo exhibitions include Zabludowicz Collection London and National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Nkiwane holds an MA in Painting from Royal College of Art in London and is the recipient of various awards. 

Tamu Nkiwane is an artists who works and lives in London. Tamu visited Zimbabwe and took up residency at the Gallery in 2008. The residency focused on an investigation that worked on storytelling and narrative, through a series of interwebbing stories and visuals between Southern Africa and London, especially the topography and identity, through a series of interviews, audio and video recordings.

Eric Telfort is an Painter and illustrator who works and lives in the United states of America. He followed a long and tumultuous path before earning his BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design RISD and his MFA in drawing, painting and sculpture from the New York Academy of Art. Telfort has lectured throughout the northeastern US and internationally. In 2010 Eric was a Artist in Residence in 2010 through a partnership with the US  Embassy in Harare –http://2007-2017-blogs.state.gov/stories/2010/08/25/bringing-little-haiti-bulawayo.html

At the end of his residency, Eric put up a solo exhibition titled “When I was Six”, basically looking at his childhood, he currently lives in Rhode Island, where he teaches drawing and digital illustration a the Rhode Island School of Design.

For more details please contact Cliford Zulu on +263 2922 70721 or email: c.zulu@nationalgallery.co.zw