Vis­ual artists ex­hibit paint­ings

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

FORMER Mach­abeng Col­lege stu­dents, Nthabiseng Mphaka and Mpho Sephelane, are hold­ing a joint vis­ual art ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing their thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ences at Al­liance Française hall.

Dubbed Leeto, which means jour­ney in Se­sotho, the on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion was launched last Satur­day and is set to end this Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Sephelane (19), the ex­hi­bi­tion chron­i­cles their cre­ative jour­ney from mak­ing sim­ple draw­ings to be­com­ing vis­ual artists.

“Leeto is the story of how we grew to love the arts and, through groom­ing, be­came prom­i­nent vis­ual artists,” Sephelane told the Week­ender on the side­lines of the open­ing cer­e­mony on Satur­day.

“My artis­tic jour­ney be­gan when I was a toddler draw­ing car­toons I saw on tele­vi­sion. Mach­abeng Col­lege then groomed the tal­ent that was al­ready within me.”

Sephelane said vis­ual art was a means of ex­press­ing her thoughts and world­view to the world.

“Vis­ual art is my way of de­scrib­ing my feel­ings and por­tray­ing who Mpho Sephelane is. I take my craft very se­ri­ously and, hope­fully, I can pur­sue vis­ual art as a ca­reer.”

She also paid trib­ute to her former teach­ers at Mach­abeng Col­lege for pro­vid­ing men­tor­ship.

“It was through them that I re­alised my po­ten­tial in vis­ual arts and I will con­tinue to pur­sue my pas­sion re­gard­less of the ca­reer path I end up tak­ing,” said Sephelane.

On her part, Mphaka (18) said her pas­sion lay in vis­ual art, adding that she hoped to es­tab­lish Le­sotho’s first vis­ual arts in fu­ture.

“We do not have an art gallery in Le­sotho, yet we have so many ta­lented vis­ual artists like the vet­eran Ntate (Mok­itimi) Meshu,” she said.

“Re­gard­less of the ca­reer path I choose when I get to univer­sity, I will al­ways have my paint­ing kit with me, as it is the only medium that al­lows me to fully ex­press my­self. My dream is to open an art gallery so that peo­ple are able to in­ter­pret sto­ries we come across through vis­ual arts.”

Also in at­ten­dance at the open­ing cer­e­mony was vet­eran vis­ual artist, Mok­itimi Meshu, who urged the duo to “change Le­sotho through art”.

“I hope this is the be­gin­ning of your pros­per­ous jour­ney and you should not be held back by crit­i­cism. I see a bright fu­ture in th­ese young artists,” he said.

“It has been a long time since we, as artists, em­barked on a jour­ney of up­lift­ing the arts sec­tor to change peo­ple’s per­cep­tions. Peo­ple should not turn a blind eye to art be­cause while life is short, art lives for­ever.”

FROM left: Nthabiseng Mphaka, Mok­itimi Meshu, Al­liance Fran­caise Di­rec­tor Remi Beghin and Mpho Sephelane chat dur­ing open­ing cer­e­mony on Satur­day.

VIS­I­TORS view some of the art­work which is be­ing ex­hib­ited at Al­liance Française hall.

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