Visual artist takes lead in waste management
Blantyre-based visual artist Chisomo Lifar has been on a move producing artworks using wastes as part of tackling the issue of waste management.
The country continues to grapple with issues of waste management but Lifar has taken it upon himself to use art to tackle the issue as well as bring awareness to people to protect the environment.
Lifar has even gone further to create an exhibition which opens Saturday afternoon at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.
Themed Creating Awareness on Waste Management through Art, the exhibition runs until September 30 and will see him exhibiting close to 25 pieces.
“The title of the whole project is ‘Change Comes from Within’. This exhibition is all about bringing awareness about waste management which is an issue. I am using art to tackle issues such as pollution, waste management and climate change,” Lifar said Thursday.
He said he has a number of artworks to which he created using waste materials such as magazine paper cuttings, glass bottles and thin plastics.
“We, as people, do not take issues of waste management seriously and as a result we have ended up harming the environment. We need to do more as far as protecting our environment is concerned and one of the things we need to look at critically is waste management. People just dump things anyhow,” Lifar said.
He said, apart from waste management, he also thought of working on acrylic paintings that are tackling the issue of climate change.
“It is not only about these issues but there are also paintings that are only there to provide all the fun. I just call upon people to come and be part of this exhibition.
“We are going through a difficult time, especially with Covid but we need not lost hope. All will be well and part of removing all this stress is to patronise events such as this one just to appreciate talent,” Lifar said.
This is Lifar’s first exhibition at JCC but he has participated in exhibitions with other visual artists.