Angela Sibanda, Showbiz Correspondent
“As the big working day attracts nearer, issues are starting off to get a little bit busy and the enjoyment is building it a bit hard to sleep, allow by itself take a crack simply because the function has to be fantastic.”
These are the text of visible artist Zibusiso Tshuma (Zie) from Gwanda who will be staging his to start with solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise De Bulawayo from March 10 to May perhaps 6.
With just a handful of days remaining in advance of the exhibition, Zie is heading by way of the problem of deciding upon 20 parts to exhibit from a pile of near to 40 artwork parts that he has been working on because very last yr for his exhibition titled ‘Minor items that matter’.
He claimed the title of his assortment was encouraged by a assertion from a single of his high school academics which designed him realise how much very little matters that are taken for granted, add to the social construction.
“One of my academics at significant college constantly utilized to say ‘take care of the very little factors and the even bigger issues will choose care of themselves’. Growing up, I realised how much the modest matters that we’re taught at residence end up figuring out the sort of people that we turn out to be and the variety of communities that we direct,” Zie said.
He mentioned his art represents “our cultural techniques and beliefs that we are taught and who we are as a individuals.” Zie’s artwork is centred all-around human figures, especially faces with various designs in different colours which stand for people’s thoughts and inner thoughts in distinctive aspects of everyday living.
“For my artwork, I use compact information that I build using diverse patterns in various colors to condition anything bigger and beautiful in the eyes of beholders.”
Zie was 1 of the artists who represented Matabeleland South at the Nationwide Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo for the yearly team exhibition final year. He turned 1 of the new resident artists at the gallery early this yr.
“Being ready to take part at the team exhibition very last calendar year was one particular of the finest encounters that I have normally longed for. Now remaining in a position to have my very own studio and get the job done from the gallery is a total aspiration occur accurate. I really feel like I’ve by now accomplished one particular of my targets mainly because I’ve normally required to come this far,” Zie stated.
His exhibition at the Alliance de Francaise will be the 1st solo exhibition to be executed at the venue as they typically host team exhibitions.
“I definitely really feel lucky and privileged that they are taking a wager on me. This is just one of the good reasons why I’m working tirelessly to try out and make certain that I deliver a thing that’ll be deserving of this chance.
“In my journey as an artist, I’ve realised that I have a incredibly viable market place outside the place, alternatively than locally and having be aware of the place’s clientele, I genuinely feel like something positive will appear out of this exhibition,” stated an optimistic Zie.
The artist further reported he is not searching at making any product sales on the exhibition as he is alternatively focused on making his CV and maybe attracting new clientele for his perform.
His artwork has been marketed to several international customers with one particular being offered at an exhibition in Harare right after it experienced to be bid for as 3 customers needed it.
“Sometimes, it might glimpse like nearby men and women are not supporting artwork, but the fact is that visual artwork appears to be high-priced to neighborhood people today due to the fact of the latest economic predicament in the state. That is why some could assume artwork is expensive.
“From global customers, I’m constantly obtaining remarks that I’m underpricing my perform, but to an normal citizen below, the rates sound also substantially for a piece of art,” said Zie.
The tale of his art journey is pretty familiar to many as he, at some stage, went to college to examine a programme that he imagined he needed. But, he ended up dropping out right after one particular semester to target on art. “I grew up in Gwanda and when I moved here (Bulawayo) for college, I observed so numerous opportunities in the arts marketplace. I uncovered myself concentrating on attending exhibitions and researching a lot more on artwork.
“This created me realise that the programme that I was right here for was not what I desired to do. So, in the course of the Covid-19 lockdown, I thought deeply about my job and engaged my mother and father. Soon after prolonged deliberations, we came to an settlement that I could drop university to target on perfecting my art expertise,” he mentioned.