PUBLIC ART & PERFORMACE

02 Oct 2017

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 4 - 10 pm

62A Steppes Road, Chisipite, Harare.
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Hexagons, Technoghetto, Archighetto… I thought about many names for the piece but at the end it was baptized “Chibuku-Disco” by my gardener. Built of geometric shapes, shadows and holes refracting the sunlight, it flashes images of street walks in the northern suburbs of Harare. Where the future is past and the past is future. I invite my new friends to witness and participate in this day that will be part of my archive of life experiences and experiences in Zimbabwe.

- Yonamine, Chibuku Disco. 2017

Sikhumbuzo Makandula & Moffat Takadiwa

27 Apr 2016

Sikhumbuzo Makandula's perfomance In Search of a Nation in collaboration with Moffat Takadiwa who elevates detritus into sculptural form, explores the transmigration of people, products and public history between two neighbouring countries.  Assembled using Domestos plastic bottle tops and synthetic hair, the piece examines the metanarrative of currency and imported products that gentrify navigation of the cityscape and the trace left behind. 

 

The performance, that took place in the public open spaces at Njelele Art Station, interrogates consumer culture, spirituality and politics of space within the city of Harare. 

Moonwalking

Gwanza Month of Photography 2014

22 Oct 2014

Gwanza Month of Photography 2014 Moonwalking exhibition took place in over twenty unconventional spaces across the city centre of Harare. The aim was to engage the general public by intervening in their daily routine through the display of photographic works in internal spaces where they spend periods of time waiting in reception areas, foyers, civil offices, hotel lobbies, doctors waiting rooms, bus stations, supermarkets etc. These transitory spaces offered the opportunity to stretch the concept of gallery space by democratizing venues and exploding the colonial cartography of Harare. 

The Bridge Tour

Skumbuzo Vabaza, Lisolomzi Pikoli & Nolan Oswald Dennis

30 Apr 2014

Lisolomzi Pikoli (Fuzzy Slippers), Skumbuzo Vabaza (Skubalisto) and Nolan Oswald Dennis visited Njelele Art Station in May 2014. The three South African artists traveled through Harare, Beira, Vilanculos and Maputo on The Bridge Tour, a collaborative art project. In each place the artists explored the local urban landscape, visited artists and art spaces, and painted murals. In Zimbabwe, they collaborated with artists on a public wall in Waterfalls and painted Njelele Art Station enlivening the walls and downtown cityscape of Harare.

Breeze Yoko

15 Oct 2013

The whimsical Pan-African inspired murals by Breeze Yoko, graffiti writer and filmmaker from SA who visited Njelele Art Station in October 2013. The main mural covered the front façade in addition to a mural in the rear courtyard that was produced in collaboration with several Zimbabwean urban artists, Aero5ol, Nigel, Blak Phar-i and Ishe. The murals captivated the local community and passersby who interacted with the artists whilst they painted the walls, expressing their pleasure and delight.

 

The murals transformed the cityscape and encouraged the re-imagination of urban space, potentially engendering an alternative perception of downtown Harare.

Shannon Murphy

27 Aug 2013

In August 2013, young Zimbabwean artist, Shannon Murphy, began her process of making a nest in the open courtyard in front of Njelele Art Station.

 

Her performative act of weaving her art into the urban fabric, sparked dialogue with the local community of car mechanics, their clients and passing pedestrians who were fascinated by her work - reshaping notions of place, creating a sense of belonging and remaking of urban space at Njelele.

Yutaka Hirose

31 Jul 2013

In August 2013 Yutaka Hirose, an experimental photographer from Japan, visited Njelele Art Station with the intention to add to his portrait series on arts and cultural practitioners in Zimbabwe. Yutaka chose to venture out of the gallery where he engaged and photographed the local community of car mechanics, window cleaners and random passersby in the vicinity of Njelele Art Station.

 

His action enlivened the area and transformed it into creative space of self-reflection, as well as social, civic and cultural possibilities.

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