Artist tack­les vi­o­lence, build­ing peace through draw­ings

The Manica Post - - Education/entertainment - Tendai Guku­tikwa En­ter­tain­ment Cor­re­spon­dent

MUTARE-BASED vis­ual artist Andrew Zivengwa is tack­ling po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence and ad­vo­cat­ing for peace through his cap­ti­vat­ing and al­lur­ing art­works whose show­case co­in­cided with the pre-elec­tion cam­paigns — a pe­riod of­ten as­so­ci­ated with the vice.

Zivengwa who is an all-time win­ner in the draw­ing and paint­ing cat­e­gories at the Man­i­ca­land agri­cul­tural show, re­cently drew a fas­ci­nat­ing draw­ing named ‘the hold­ing hands’(pic­tured).

The draw­ing which shows two hands hold­ing to­gether, a sym­bol that sig­ni­fies and calls for peace.

“Th­ese two hands be­long to two dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties. It shows unity and the peace that we as Zim­bab­weans should let pre­vail at a time when it is most needed, and the time is just be­fore the com­ing elec­tions. We should be at peace with each other de­spite us be­long­ing to dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties and school of thoughts.

“The hold­ing hands also sig­nify the dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups that we have in the coun­try and how de­spite the dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties we have to come to terms with the fact that we are one coun­try, one na­tion, and one peo­ple who should en­joy a shared iden­tity in our diver­sity. We are all Zim­bab­weans, and be­ing vi­o­lent to­wards the next group of peo­ple should be out of the ques­tion. Art is the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of in­ti­mate con­cepts that can­not be faith­fully por­trayed by words alone which is the rea­son why I put down my pen­cil to pa­per to com­mu­ni­cate this mes­sage of peace and sta­bil­ity,” said Zivengwa.

Zivengwa also said his vis­ual art­work has helped spread the peace and sta­bil­ity aware­ness to­wards the marginalised deaf pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try.

He said be­cause most artists use their voices to pro­mote peace and sta­bil­ity, leav­ing out the deaf com­mu­nity as it can­not de­ci­pher the mes­sage be­ing com­mu­ni­cated.

“It is mainly the rea­son why I use vis­ual art, it helps cater for the deaf and most for­got­ten peo­ple in the coun­try. There is need to com­mu­ni­cate the peace and tol­er­ance is­sues and rais­ing aware­ness is­sues with them too be­cause they count,” he said.

Zivengwa spe­cialises in paint­ing, draw­ing and is study­ing com­mer­cial de­sign at Bu­l­awayo Polytech­nic.

He en­cour­aged up­com­ing artists to fol­low their dreams and be who they want to be.

“We are all artistes, let us all paint our lives upon the can­vas of re­al­ity. Mix colours of your own and ap­ply emo­tion lib­er­ally. Do not be afraid to let your brush strokes show and above all else, make sure your art has soul,” said Zivengwa.

The draw­ing sym­bol­is­ing peace

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