Here’s a very last-minute mention for an exhibition of contemporary Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe, which has been on for a couple of weeks already. Featured artists are Gedion Nyanhongo, Hilary Manuhwa and Collen Nyanhongo, and you can find more info here.
The show continues until 10th June.
Opening hours: Daily, 10-6
Oxo Tower Wharf,
South Bank, London
Things to Come (2005) - Charles Nkomo
Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell is hosting a group exhibition this coming week, organised by contemporary African art promoters and Shona sculpture specialists Guruve. The show includes paintings by Zimbabwean Charles Nkomo and Gambian Njogu Touray, both of whom explore the position of women in changing African societies in their work, as well as Shona sculpture by artists including Sylvester Mubayi and Boet Nyariri. Further details here.
Private View: Tues 29 Mar, 6-9
Sun 27 Mar, 4-7
Mon 28 Mar – 1 Apr, 11-7
Sat 2nd Apr, 10-7
20 Clerkenwell Green, Islington, London
There’s a screening tonight of ‘Border Farm’ (2010), a docudrama by Thenjiwe Nkosi produced in collaboration with Zimbabwean migrant farm workers, who live and make their living on the border with South Africa. It looks as though it’s sold out, but I thought it was worth a mention as it’s part of South London Gallery’s ongoing Contemporary Africa on Screen programme, which is running until September – more info here.
Imani (2010) - dir. Caroline Kamya
Thanks to a tip-off from my friends at African Screens, were I in London during the upcoming 54th BFI London Film Festival, I’d be sure to check out Imani, the debut feature film from Caroline Kamya, about a day in the life of a former child soldier, a maid and a hip-hop dancer in Kampala. You can read an interview with the director here and find out about screenings here.
Other African film highlights of the festival include:
- ‘New African Cinema‘: a trio of shorts – The Tunnel, Pumzi and Saint Louis Blues – made through the Africa First mentoring scheme (14/15 Oct)
- Zimbabwean documentary Shungu: The Resilience of a People (18/19 Oct)
- Microphone, set in Alexandria’s underground music scene, the second feature from director Ahmad Abdalla after last year’s Heliopolis (18/19/20 Oct)
- a story of love and war set in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, Relentless (20/21 Oct)
- a tale of courage in the face of prejudice in a South African community, Life, Above All (26/27 Oct)