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When Stainer Chindebvu travelled from Malawi to Germany, he might have passed through the airspace many have used before.

But, it turns out, his life has never taken exactly the same professional turns. This may be because he has not taken to the same career path those who prefer white colour jobs to artwork have.

Chindebvu, who was born in Blantyre on June 6 1988 but is based in Berlin, Germany, studied Fine Arts at Universität der Künste (Berlin University of the Arts) in Germany.

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And, fortunately for him, Chindebvu’s artistic life has been offered the fertile ground to green over; so that his work is being touted far away from home.

For instance, The Culture Club— https://theculturetrip. com— rates him highly. It indicates that his works explore the influences of global processes on culture, society and nature.

It adds that the artist also zooms in on people’s everyday lives and aims to sensitise people to the persistent instability and continuous change of the world.

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“His works are a visual expression of his perspective on the world and show the paths and ideas he followed throughout his artistic development. This confrontation of inner reflections and outer experiences creates delicate individual pieces that, according to the artist, intuitively develop in reference to his stream of thoughts. The images he creates are contemporary and daring.

“They speak of the past and look critically at the present, often in a questioning way that challenges the beholder with the characters directly gazing out of the paintings speaking to an audience. ‘What We Say’, ‘Many Ways’, ‘Suppressed Thoughts’, ‘A Better Place in Time’, ‘Listening’—the titles of some of his works reflect his critical engagement with the world as he sees it, contesting the inevitability of globalization and pointing to the tensions arising out of it,” Culture Club says of Chindebvu.

The website cites Chindebvu’s art series ‘The Shaking World’, which, it says, clearly demonstrate Chindebvu’s engagement with the never static realities around him and reflect his search for his own artistic line”.

The website indicates that, even though Chindebvu is outside Malawi, he has remained Malawian at heart by analysing Malawian issues.

“He picks up on Malawi’s political reality, the influences of development structures, the circulation of people and goods and the consequences and arising conflicts of this on the country. Since 2007, Chindebvu has exhibited his works in Lilongwe, Malawi and Berlin, Germany.

“The works from his exhibitions ‘Transitions’ (2014), ‘Resolution’ (2014) and ‘The Shaking World’ (2013) were all created between 2012 and 2014. Until April 2015, his art series ‘The Shaking World’, ‘Papers and Thoughts’ and ‘Resolution’ could be seen at Transitions exhibition by Podiumensa in Berlin. Transitions combines his different stages of artistic development and shows the transformation experienced by the artist. He is also involved in Klaus Guingand’s international art event ‘Art Warning the World’ in Paris, France,” it says.

According to the artist’s website, http://www.stainer-chindebvu.com/, Chindebvu has, among other events, exhibited at the 5th ‘Annual Exposure Award’, International Group Exhibition ‘The Louvre’, Paris, France, ‘Art Warning the World’ International Art Event initiated by Klaus Guingand Paris, France, Solo Exhibition BAföG-Amt, Berlin, Germany, and ‘Crowds of Summer’ Dual Exhibition with Lilongwe-based Elson Kambalu, among others.

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