Social connection exhibition opens

House of Menka a new art enterprise has launched its debut exhibition titled Network Connected — The Science and Art of Social Connection.

The exhibition which is currently showcasing at the National Gallery in Bulawayo was curated by seasoned visual artist Tafadzwa Gwetai. Two talented young artists, Terrence Musekiwa from Harare and Talent Kapadza from Bulawayo are having their works on display at an exhibition that was officially opened by John Knight, a professor of architecture at the National University of Science and Technology.

According to Gwetai, the exhibition theme Network Connected The Science and Art of Social Connection was designed to create dialogue about a subject that is constantly on the tips of many people’s tongues.

“I came up with the theme ... as a result of observing the ever-increasing need for the invisible wifi and cellphone signals that keep us connected. This is a new era where the idea of being connected is being virtual,” he said.

“In this modern world where social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and the Internet in general has been the new methods of keeping connected. Networks have always been crucial in the establishment of friendships as well as business partnerships,” he said.

Gwetai said the theme for the one month-long showcase was adapted from the current urban language that is constantly being used in relation to that of the Internet and cellphone technology. “House of Menka decided to revisit this term and interrogate its significant meanings on different levels of translation.”

Gwetai described Musekiwa as part of a new generation of sculptors emerging out of Zimbabwe who created an amazing body of work in response to the theme. “His works of art are a combination of random interesting objects that he finds and seeks out from different parts of the Harare city and various junk yards.

“His found objects created very curious masks that had a unique identity. His 10 piece series Kuona Nekuzviona / seeing and seeing yourself sparked dialogue amongst the visitors at the Gallery,” he said.

He, however, described Kapadza as a young experimental painter who is constantly trying new methods and media. “Kapadza has work that is two-dimensional and his paintings that are characterised by very expressive splashes of paint. Layer upon layer of the different splashes create a web of strokes that find balance in what appears to be chaotic application of paint.”

Added Gwetai: “Each colour amazingly stands out and draws the eye nearer to a world of abstraction. The realm of abstraction is a complex one that has diverse levels of meaning and aesthetic qualities. Kapadza’s paintings represent the abstract nature of the air waves and the Wifi that we search for every day constantly.

“The intangible nature of air waves is represented by his abstract strokes and the nature of air waves.”

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