Concerned with the challenges that the country is currently going through, visual artist Ellis Singano has decided to use his art to speak about the situation and put it plainly that things need to change and fast.
It is in this vein that the renowned artist, who has exhibited his works in different platforms both in and outside the country, will on June 3 hold an exhibition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.
Art has a role to play in the development of the country so says Singano adding that as an artist, he wants to be at the helm using his talent to speak for the voiceless.
“I am an artist yes, but I want to use my art to help develop the country. I have seen there is a problem. I am looking at a bus which is failing to move and this I am referring to the country and the people,” Singano said.
The man of few words said the country and its people need to wake up from slumber and that now it is time to change things.
“It’s time to change the way we do things, the way we think and the way we behave and that’s socially, politically etc,” he said.
Last year Singano also exhibited 30 batiks which run under the theme Journey Through the Light.
This time around with Turning the Tables, the visual artist who has specialised in batik, said he will exhibit 15 pieces.
“I am doing the exhibition alone. I have been thinking about having a solo art exhibition for some time and to have it now is a dream come true. I want to send out a message I have in my paintings to the world. This is a message of love, unity and justice,” Singano said.
The visual artist, who has been involved in several projects including working with students with hearing imp, said he was happy that people are now conversant with batik.
“I am happy now because a lot of people know and understand what batik art is all about and are able to understand the messages. The past years some people could not understand batik and read its message but its different now,” said the artist.
The Lunzu-based artist will be exhibiting at Jacaranda Cultural Centre barely three days after the centre also hosted an exhibition by Kungoni Cultural Centre led by Father Claude Boucher titled Malawi At A Crossroads.
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