Visual artist Ellis Singano, who specialises in batik, last Thursday launched an exhibition titled Deep Rooted at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.
The exhibition runs until July 3 2021.
The exhibition is all about the country’s proverbs.
“These are proverbs which our grandparents used to tell us. These proverbs are part of our culture and we need not forget them. Proverbs are words of wisdom for counselling, warning and giving directions by teaching moral lessons and they tackle all aspects of life,” Singano said.
He said he decided to put them into paintings for people to understand them easier.
This is not the first time Singano has exhibited his works at the venue as, in February last year, he had another exhibition themed Absent Father.
“I am happy to have launched the exhibition and I am calling upon people to come and sample these works and learn one or two things and at the same time, buy for their walls,” Singano said.
On the list of the works include proverbs such as Bwenzi La Iwe ndi Lawina (Your Friend is Another’s), Akayanjana Alekeni (If they have reconciled, leave them alone.
Singano said with technology moving at a fast pace and people adopting Western culture, it is important that “we do not lose our traditional elements”.
“The current generation needs to know these proverbs and utilise them and, so, let families come and patronise the exhibition,” he said.