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NEGATIVE SILENCE (article first published : 2006-03-13)

Running in the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery until March 14 is Negative Silence, an exhibition of stone sculptures by Nesto Kanyonganise,

Nesto is a second generation artist who has emerged since Zimbabwe's independence in the 1980's. He began sculpturing as a result of contact with the rural community sculptures at Tangenenge. In 1989 he developed his own style and started a group called Gota Rechisuma Atelier meaning a studio where youths can express their inner feelings via contemporary visual art.

He draws his inspiration from the simple shapes and the natural shades around him. He has exhibited in many exhibitions including the African Concepts- Siegen Germany and Messe Berlin from 2001-2004 and in the national Gallery of Zimbabwe in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 1993. In 2001 San Giustino, in Italy incorporating Bonsai with stone sculpture.

In his latest exhibition called Negative Silence, Nesto has begun observing society in general, as he believes they don't have a voice. He believes that people have come self-centred. In his latest works he is looking at the public interaction with the pieces. He is more interested in human engagement with art. He plays with the rough and the smooth textures in order to generate a reaction, which he believes will break the silence as one starts a negotiation process with the work.

The exhibition runs in the BAT Democratic Gallery until March 14.




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