Friday 28 August 2015, 2.30 – 3.30pm
A press release from Njelele Art Station – you can find them at: 131 Kaguvi Street, Harare.
Please join us for an artist talk by Nancy Mteki on Friday 28 August 2015 from 2.30 to 3.30pm at Njelele Art Station, as she speaks about her practice, central interests and insight into her work currently on show in ‘Honai’.
Nancy Mteki (1989) is a Zimbabwean artist whose work draws on women and their daily experiences in society. Introduced to photography in 2008 at South African workshop Iliso Labantu (The Eye of the People) founded by Alistair Berg and Sue Johnson, her work has been exhibited widely in Harare, Bulawayo, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, London and France. In 2014, Mteki’s first solo exhibition ‘Mbereko’ took place at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Mteki has won awards at Dak’Art 2012, National Archives Of Zimbabwe 2010 and Gwanza Month of Photography 2009. She recently returned from the 5th edition of the Asiko 2015 international art programme in Maputo, and previously participated in residencies and workshops in Zambia, London, Scotland and Abu Dhabi.
Friday 28 August 2015 is the last chance to view the groundbreaking provocative exhibition ‘Honai’ which ends at 4pm. In ‘Honai’, Nancy Mteki exists on the axis of self-exploration in a society that shames whilst simultaneously sexualizing and objectifying the black female form. Through the series, her body transcends space encountering and challenging the public gaze, revealing her vulnerability and displaying her power.
Equipped with the camera and experience of rejection, mothering and loss she invites the audience to her reawakening. She boldly stares at you against the backdrop of domesticity rewriting history and challenging the narrative of Black African female voicelessness. Each image layered with political force, freezing time and space, pushes one to reimagine ‘woman’, ‘man’ and ultimately ‘self’.