Cartoonist Haswell Kunyenje’s exhibition opens at Jacaranda Cultural Centre


By Sam Banda Jnr:


Veteran cartoonist Haswell Kunyenje, renowned for cartoons such as Fingo, has come out with a solo exhibition of different portraits titled ‘Portraits of Public Figures’ set to run for a month at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

Kunyenje said Monday he was happy to have finally come out with an exhibition after several attempts.


“I have been wanting to hold an exhibition but things could not work. I am happy that the exhibition is on. I started working on this project last year,” Kunyenje said.

He called on people to patronise the exhibition and sample some of the portraits of influential people in different sectors.

“This is just part of celebrating some of the works some people have done. We have faces in arts, sports, politics and business, among others,” Kunyenje said.


JCC Director, Luc Deschamps, said they were proud to host the exhibition.

“The exhibition is very timely with several presidential candidates featured. The Influencers exhibition shows the diversity of men and women of talent in the country. It allows us to pause and reflect as well as look at these achievers in a different light,” Deschamps said.

He added that art has power “to make us think and see the world differently.”

“This is Mr Kunyenje’s first solo exhibition and we encourage everyone to come and support his work,” Deschamps said.

He said JCC strives to give artists in all the fields the platform and that each month the target an exhibition.

Some of the renowned people featuring in the exhibition include Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah, Press Corporation Chief Executive Officer George Partridge, boxer Isaac Chilemba, musician Patience Namadingo, netballer Mwawi Kumwenda and footballer Fischer Kondowe.

Meanwhile, Deschamps has said the exhibition will be re-launched on Thursday during the Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session.

“We are hosting Tikondane Band on Thursday; so, it will be a double event starting with the launch of the exhibition and Haswel Kunyenje will be around to talk about his art before Sounds of Malawi Session,” he said.

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