I have recently started a new project with painters from Bulawayo, titled Visualising Bulawayo In Paintings. This is a series of audioslide documentaries of painters, showing their work plus close interviews on the inspiration or philosophy behind it.
Danisile Ncube on - collage & fractured society
The audioslide shows are three minutes or less in length, which is an ideal format for quick viewing, and can also be used as fillers in between TV programs, or as culture news both on TV or on news websites.
Voti Thebe on The Sprituality of Color
I have found the execution of this project very interesting - it is giving me an insight into paintings which I would not have got had I not involved myself in interviews with the painters, for often for the uninitiated into the fine arts, we often view paintings from a distance without knowing what they mean or reflect, and espeially abstract paintings - and even though we observe them from a distance, we are aware that there migt be some messages or information encoded into them which with our scant knowledge we are unable to decrypt. This is the enigma of the visual arts - and sometimes too we do not want to decode that message behind the painting, but we want it to remain unknown, so that we can keep coming back to the painting to gaze and ponder on it.
Tafadzwa Gwetai on Grafitti & Existence
It is now my intention to document almost every painter in Bulawayo in this project if I can find them, although I will have a criteria for those who will come into the project for it must have merit. I also hope to create an electronic register of all practising painters in Bulawayo, and hopefully one day or year come up with a national register that can be accessed for research purposes, or can be used for screenings in visual arts workshops. I have uploaded a few of the audioslide show documentaries on this post for those who want to have a taste. Enjoy
Allen Sibanda on Follow Your Heart