Local Art Talent : Asingazivikanwi

 We take a look at another young local artist (who wished to remain unnamed), and asked them to provide a short write up on their inspirations for their work and how they personally view their artwork. Asingazivikanwi, literally translated as ‘the one who is not known’, reflects their current series featured here regarding the often underappreciated talent in Zimbabwe.

In the past 20 years, it has become more and more evident that we as humans are heading towards extinction through excessive exploitation of our earth’s abundant resources. Unfortunately, we are simultaneously sending the flora and fauna, our fellow occupants of this world, towards extinction. I am a firm believer that they do not deserve the consequences of our actions.

As someone passionate about nature, I’ve wanted to help in every way possible but I realize there’s only so much one can do on an individual level. The best way I thought possible to make a meaningful difference was to voice my opinion and concerns through my art; something I’ve believed to be a powerful way of speaking. Along with trying to shift the message, I recently auctioned off my most praised piece of artwork, with all the proceeds going to the Lowveld Rhino Trust, part of the worldwide Save the Rhino foundation. I have always admired and looked up to the various animals I paint and their way of life. The animals have always been easily forgotten in the fast-moving world and I strive to become a voice for them.

This year, I’m looking forward to exploring themes in my work to try and convince people that we should acknowledge that animals are coexisting species with whom we share our planet and we should learn from them and their way of life. Unlike us, animals are more in tune with their surroundings and themselves. I feel that our disconnect from the natural world has found us drifting from a primal, instinctive, beautiful way of life that the animals are connected to. It is a fact that we can find the most bio-diverse areas populated by hunter-gatherer communities, who have impressively managed to hold on to this forgotten lifestyle.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to work alongside two talented local Zimbabwean artists, which gave me a real insight into the challenges facing fringe artists. My exposure to this unappreciated talent has helped me recognize the value of behind- the-scenes workers in Zimbabwe and inspired me to paint a series of ‘workers’ that I shed light on and encourage my viewers to look for the value behind every one of these individuals who often go unnoticed. I’m so unbelievably grateful to have grown up in such a beautiful country with incredibly happy, friendly people as well as utopian landscapes. I hope that we don’t ever take these privileges for granted and do everything in our power to protect them, so that they can persist on for future generations. Nature is not something external, it is a life support system that we depend on.

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

– Ancient Indian Proverb

Copyright : Nzira Magazine Issue 15

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