Ellis Singano to participate in Germany art exhibition


It all started in the country last year when Malawi and Germany artists came together for some time, shared ideas and came up with different artworks before holding exhibitions in Blantyre and Lilongwe.

The project spearheaded by German artist Kris Heide and artist Ellis Singano saw artists telling different stories running under the theme Myths of Malawi.

But now the exhibition has moved to Germany and Singano will participate.


Singano said yesterday that the exhibition will take place in different cities but it opened over the weekend in Hamburg.

He is expected to leave the country on April 25.

He will officially close the exhibition in Hamburg the following day.


Singano will then officially open the same exhibition in Berlin on May 12 before coming back home on May 13.

“I am excited with the visit to Germany and already I am told that Malawian pieces are selling after the exhibition opened in Hamburg last weekend,” he said.

He said his visit to Germany will also give him a chance to network with German artists.

“Apart from the exhibition, I will also have time to move around and have discussions with German artists so this is part of exposing Malawi but also growing its art,” he said.

Heide said during an exhibition in the country that the Myths of Malawi project is related to the oral story telling tradition of Malawi adding that there is an immanent connection between the two art languages of free storytelling, interpretation, embellishment and the fine arts.

Four German artists participated including Heide while the country had eight artists.

Heide said the tradition of story telling in Malawi is not properly recorded and that through this project they wanted some stories to emerge.

And true to her word several stories came out and they included the story of Phelezunje which was told by Singano and Kamdothi told by University of Malawi –Chancellor College fine art lecturer Eva Chikabadwa.

The other local artists, who participated in the project were Gilbert Mpakule, Peter Paul Ndyani, Keneth Namalomba, Theophany Nammero , George Mkumbula and David Mzengo.

The German artists, who participated were Heide , Mark Krause, Karl Dautermann and Michael Plaetschke.

“The project only involved a few artists in the country but there are equally talented artists out there so the exhibition is just showing a representation,” said Singano.

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