Humanity at core of regional visual exhibition

Sunday December 17 2017

An Untitled collage piece by Crista Uwase.

An Untitled collage piece by Crista Uwase. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE | NATION 

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A joint exhibition of Rwandan and Tanzanian visual artists and titled Iwacu Nyumbani was recently held in Kigali. It brings together 24 visual artists from various walks of life to showcase their art.

The eight-day art exhibition, which kicked off from December 2-9, was hosted by Kigali’s Inganzo Art Centre. It featured 10 Rwandan artists and 14 Tanzanian artists, who are making an impact on the art scene in the two countries.

Despite being from different countries, the artists all had a common theme of humanity running across their work. The theme was reflected in each artist’s pieces. The pieces ranged from realism, semi-abstract and abstract paintings.


Among the exhibitors is Tanza Thobias Minzi from Tanzania, whose works leave a lasting impression. One of his pieces is titled Happiness and it is a portrait of a young woman dressed in an African kitenge. His other piece is titled Fruit Seller and illustrates an African woman’s resilience and hard work.

Minzi features women in his works and seems focused on communicating different emotions in his works.

The exhibition also features Tanzania’s Lutengano Mwakisopile, whose mixed media piece titled Migration is featured. Mwakisopile incorporates kitenge fabric to create images of herds of animals. Florian Ludovick also incorporates fabric in her piece titled Unity.

Lutengano Mwakisopile’s work titled Mshkaki

Lutengano Mwakisopile’s work titled Mshkaki BBQ. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE | NATION

Muzu Sulemanji’s Zanzibar Street oil painting showcases his talent as an impressionist artist. He depicts life on the street through his art. He was born in Zanzibar.
Rwandan artist Gilbert Iradukunda showcased his Be Happy piece. The painting is a mixed media piece. Iradukunda uses wire, saw dust and glue to create flower petals in his semi-abstract piece on nature. Crista Uwase’s Untitled collage are semi-abstract images that depict Umushanana, a Rwandan traditional attire.

A mixed media piece by Gilbert Iradukunda.

A mixed media piece by Gilbert Iradukunda. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE | NATION

Epa Binamungu’s works stand out because of his use of the pallet knife. He uses oil and acrylic paints to create semi-abstract works. His pieces include Heritage and Together as One, which depicts the country’s cultural pride.

Tanzanian female sculpturist Mwandale Mwanyekwa also stood for her unique talent. She uses dark wood to create life forms.
The exhibition enabled artists to share their culture, lifestyles and environment.