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‘Myths of Malawi’ exhibition continues in Germany

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Visual artists continue to face challenges in selling their artworks in the country in the absence of proper galleries.

Some even have to sweat to have their artworks exhibited in different platforms.

But with all that said, Malawi’s artworks are good and this is why when they are taken outside the country they sell like hot cakes.

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Some of these artworks are currently being exhibited and discussed in Germany following the Myths of Malawi exhibition which started on October 6 and will run until October 29.

The exhibition is taking place at Kulturhalle Tubingen.

The country’s visual artist Ellis Singano, who is a curator of the project alongside Germany artist Kris Heide, will leave to remember this project which started in Malawi before moving on to Germany.

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Singano, who specialises in batik, was part of the exhibition in some places in Germany some months ago where many Germans told him that the country has talented artists with their own style of paintings.

The artist ended up selling one of his paintings at 500 Euros which he said, is the highest in his life since he started his career.

Heide said they had a great opening and that the artworks were good.

“This is a continuation of the exhibitions which have been taking place here and now we are in another city. But since we started exhibitions people have been impressed,” she said.

Heide said after running the exhibition in Blantyre and Lilongwe, Myths of Malawi moved to Hamburg then Berlin and Hannover.

“Tubingen is the last station of the exhibition in South Germany. Tubingen is the hometown of the German artists taking part in Myths of Malawi namely Karl Dautermann, myself, Mark Krause and Michael Plaetschke,” she said.

Singano said Malawi looks down upon their artworks and yet outside they are valued greatly.

Heide said there is more to Malawian artworks and that this was why he made it possible that they have an exhibition in Germany.

And to document the works of Malawi and German artists, a catalogue was produced.

Apart from Singano, other artists who participated in the Myths of Malawi and their works are in Germany for exhibition includes George Mkumbula, Gilbert Mpakule and Eva Chikabadwa.

Chikabadwa, who is a fine art lecturer at University of Malawi – Chancellor College and is currently in South Africa pursuing further studies hailed Heide for her efforts in continuing to expose their work.

The Malawi-German Art Symposium whose theme is Myths of Malawi is related to the oral storytelling tradition of Malawi.

Heide said there is an immanent connection between the two art languages of free storytelling, interpretation, embellishment and fine arts.

She said in both systems imagination works freely and that it can either follow a storyline or get surreal and become a kind of collage.

Featuring German and Malawian artists, the project first started in the country where artists came together through a workshop and shared ideas before coming up with the different artworks.

They then went on to exhibit the works in Blantyre before moving to Lilongwe and later Germany.

The other artists who are part of the project include Kenneth Namalomba, Theophany Nammelo and Peter Ndyani.

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