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Charles Levison speaks on current landscape in new painting

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Lilongwe-based visual artist Charles Levison continues using his brushes and canvas to tackle issues affecting the country, with his latest painting looking at the pain that people are going through.

Levison has moved out of the comfort zone.

The artist comes in the limelight having also initiated a number of exhibitions in recent times themes such as The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind which celebrated the works of innovator William Kamkwamba.

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“The new painting that I have created now looks deeper into the current situation in the country where the government seems clueless in where it wants to take Malawi,” Levison said.

He said the painting was inspired by the current political landscape.

“Promises are always made to the people but in most cases these just turn into campaign gimmicks. Most of them do not materialize and today you have a country rocked with so many problems from corruption to delays in fertilizer distribution,” Levison said.

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He said as an artist, he decided to use his artistry to speak for the voiceless.

“Art is beautiful and it speaks better to the masses and this is why I decided to create such a painting which basically shows a politician on a podium making empty promises,” Levison said.

The artist also bemoaned lack of support to the creative sector saying there was need for Parliament to pass the National Arts and Heritage Council (Nahec) Draft Bill which would lead to the creation of Nahec.

His work comes barely two days after government through the Ministry of Local Government, Unity and Culture said it was committed to introduce additional measures for the protection of artists and continue to push for awareness of artistic freedom in the country as well as accord artists assistance where their freedom is deemed to have been violated.

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