African artists for climate change exhibition at MTN Bushfire 2017
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.
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