Maputo & Harare >> Dar es Salaam
Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi and Moisés Mafuiane AKA Butcheca will be artists in residence for six weeks beginning 27 June 2019 at Nafasi Art Space.
The aim of the residency is to provide the visiting artists a dynamic opportunity to exchange and collaborate with each other and the artists at Nafasi.
The artists will start off their residency with “Hangout”, in which they will be introduced to the Tanzanian art community and give a short presentation about their art practice and discuss the projects and themes they will be exploring while on residency. The session ends with a Q&A where the audience is invited to engage with the artist and gain further insight into their art, background and process.
The artists will each lead a workshop during their time at Nafasi. Option will explore concept development and digital art, while Butcheca will focus on abstract drawing and sketching techniques. The workshops run over approximately 5 days and end in a practical session where the participants create a piece of work based on what they have learned.
The artists will also focus on creating a unique body of work during their residency. Butcheca will reflect on the relationship (and similarities) between man and animal and Option aims to explore the dilution of ancestral culture as a result of westernisation through globalisation. The residency will end with either an open studio or exhibition of both artists’ work.
About the artists
Moisés Ernesto Matsinhe Mafuiane, also known as Butcheca, started his artistic career in the beginning of the nineties, joining the Núcleo de Arte (The National Association of Visual Artists in Mozambique) in 1997. Since his first solo exhibition in 2002, he has been showing his work regularly in many cultural places in Maputo. He has exhibited his work in Portugal, Germany, Angola and Japan. His work is represented in many public and private collections in Mozambique and abroad.
Born in Harare and raised in Rusape, Option began sketching at an early age. He has developed a versatility that allows him to elegantly express himself when printmaking, painting, or using mixed media. Option is interested in the impact of technology on urban youth in townships and his visual language introduces a dialogue about present day Zimbabwe, its tradition and culture, hardships and a quality of natural magic that permeates the personal lives of its inhabitants. Option has selected for several residency programmes and his work is included in public and private collections in Zimbabwe, Switzerland, South Africa and Italy.