Art Gallery presents Beneath the surface: Bambanani (2012)

HARARE - The National Gallery of Zimbabwe will present Beneath the surface: Bambanani, a body of work by female artist Tashinga Matindike-Gondo on October 11.

Announcing the coming exhibition, Raphael Chikukwa, curator of the gallery said in a press statement, “In Ndebele bambanani means to unite and Tashinga’s idea for this show was inspired by the birth of her first child.  

Her work is an exploration of the interior and exterior experience of her entry into motherhood, as well as a celebration of the union of mother and child.”

Beneath the surface is Tashinga’s first solo exhibition which she is greatly pleased to have showcased at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

For this first solo exhibition, Tashinga made the artworks using objects that she collected.

The artist also made use of digital media in her production process.

Tashinga’s modus operandi results in the creation of a body of work which memorialises her experience of her entry into motherhood.

In her own words Tashinga said, “My mode and iconography is inspired by the tradition of Ndebele house painting, a creative process which involves the use of bright colours to create expressive symbols. In my work, I manipulate words representative of the various thoughts and feelings that I experienced during my pregnancy and after the birth of my child. The manipulation of these words results in the creation of what I term ‘textual designs or symbols’.”

Chikukwa said Tashinga’s work is full of meaning. “The visual narrative in her work elucidates the union of mother and child. The artist’s individual experience illustrated in the archival works, also sheds light on the role of a woman in a cultural context and within the community. Tashinga’s sentiments are reflective of the late Colleen Madamombe’s views and advocacy on the role of women in society.”

Born and raised in Harare, Tashinga is the second child in a family of three children.

She is married and has a daughter.

She is an artist and works as the curator for education at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and is also acting principal for the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design in Mbare.

In addition, Tashinga serves as a board member of the Zimbabwe Youth Council. - Entertainment Writer

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