African artists for cli­mate change ex­hi­bi­tion at MTN Bush­fire 2017

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - STO­RIES BY AYANDA DLAMINI

It seems like MTN Bush­fire 2017 will come with a more pos­i­tive im­pact this year as Yebo! Art and De­sign has been tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to fa­cil­i­tate an ex­hi­bi­tion that will tackle global warm­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

The ex­hi­bi­tion themed ‘The Burn­ing Ques­tion,’ will see dozens of artists from across Africa who have been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate at the ex­hi­bi­tion set to take place dur­ing the MTN Bush­fire Fes­ti­val.

This is ac­cord­ing to Yebo! Art’s Aleta Arm­strong who ex­plained that the ex­hi­bi­tion sought to ex­plore the causes and ef­fects of cli­mate change, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on its im­pact on the African con­ti­nent.

Ato­tal of 40 pro­fes­sional and emerg­ing artists from Swazi­land, South Africa, Zim­babwe and Kenya will cre­ate more than 70 pieces of work for the an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion, the high­est num­ber to date.

The show will also be dis­played in full on Yebo's web­site www.ye­boswazi­land.com at the start of the fes­ti­val, on May 26, 2017.

Or­gan­is­ers hope the ex­hi­bi­tion will help raise aware­ness of the most press­ing is­sue fac­ing planet earth and in­spire lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to take ac­tion in the fight against cli­mate change.

"We are thrilled to have re­ceived so many thought-pro­vok­ing works from such a di­verse group of artists. This prom­ises to be an ex­tremely im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tion, which I hope will mo­ti­vate vis­i­tors to be­come more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious and ac­tive ,” said Arm­strong.

She fur­ther wel­comed the fact that the arts in­dus­try had fi­nally wo­ken up to the re­al­ity and ur­gency of cli­mate change and was com­ing up with in­no­va­tive and cre­ative ways to ad­dress the crit­i­cal is­sue, "I'd like to see more busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als fol­low suit," she said.

Yebo Art and De­sign has been work­ing on re­duc­ing its own en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print through re­designed per­ma­cul­ture gar­dens, wa­ter har­vest­ing, a re­cy­cling sta­tion and so­lar pan­els, to name just a few.

MTN Bush­fire is also go­ing green, with this year's theme fo­cus­ing on en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism and sus­tain­abil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to Arm­strong, Bush­fire is part­ner­ing with a host of or­gan­i­sa­tions to present an in­ter­ac­tive and cre­ative space that will en­cour­age vis­i­tors to en­gage with these crit­i­cal is­sues, called the ‘Bring Your Fire Zone.’

"It's a space that en­cour­ages in­ter­ac­tion, par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion," Liam Brick­hill, who is the Co-or­di­na­tor of the ‘Bring Your Fire Zone’ said.

"It will play host to an ar­ray of ex­hi­bi­tions, per­for­mances and re­lated activities.

Yebo's ex­hi­bi­tion is one facet of the ‘Bring Your Fire Zone’ that I'm very

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