An exhibition themed ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, which tells the story of innovator William Kamkwamba and has been running at The Chocolate Factory in Zomb,a ended last Sunday.
Visual artist Madalitso Ziwaoh, who is part of the project, described the exhibition in Zomba as a success and that they were looking forward to another exhibition in Blantyre and Kasungu.
“We managed to sell paintings during the exhibition and again we managed to reach out to people out there. We were supposed to start another exhibition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre on February 6 2021 but we have failed to do so and instead a new date of March 6 2021 has been set,” he said.
JCC, through its director Luc Deschamps, said recently that they have put up a number of programmes but were still waiting for the situation to get better as regards increased cases of Covid.
Ziwaoh also said that the exhibition has opened up opportunities for them as they are set to hold an art residency in Kasungu District as part of the project.
“I am actually working on some of the paintings which have been called for by the partners in the project. We have workshops and an exhibition coming up and the art residency,” he said.
The exhibition in Zomba was launched online, where people were able to sample artworks online.
During the launch in Zomba, Ziwaoh and fellow artists also painted live.
“We have sold a number of paintings and one of them is the one I painted live showing the beauty of Zomba,” he said.
Apart from Ziwaoh, other visual artists who are part of the project include Charles Levison and Samuel Ndalema.
Actor Kelvin Ngoma is also involved in the exhibition and is expected to conduct workshops. Ngoma is one of the Malawian actors who acted in the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Hollywood star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The project is being driven by Art Malawi with Moving Windmill, a non-governmental organisation initiated by Kamkwamba.