One of the well-known visual artists in the country Nyangu Chodola has said things are not healthier anymore for artists at the moment as they are failing to sell their works.
Chodola, who operates his Nyanja Art Studio along the Lilongwe-Salima Road, said the landscape is not favourable anymore.
“You have to dig deeper these days to sell your artworks. Business has gone down and this is also because of the fall of our tourism sector,” Chodola said.
“Art goes together with tourism but our tourism still lacks vibrancy and this is affecting us.”
While some quarters have called on visual artists in the country to expand their base and be creative in their works, Chodola defended fellow artists, saying they were producing good artworks.
“More artists are producing good artworks but lack of markets is a major challenge. If you go to other galleries, you will get the same answer,” he said.
Chodola said, at the moment, it is only the established artists who are making ends meet.
“I should also say it here that the government has made things difficult for tourists to come to Malawi. We depend on tourists for sales and, so, if we don’t get enough, then we lose out in terms of business opportunities,” the artist said.
Chodola has won the hearts of people with his works and has exhibited in different platforms
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