Zimbabwe Ruins

With the 2013 Zimbabwe election having just come and gone, I am left with a feeling of sadness. How long will the citizens of Zimbabwe accept the blatant abuse of power and what will it take to bring about positive change in that country?

I am reminded of an artwork that I made in 2004, and looking at it now, I see that the country is no further forward than it was back then.

Zimbabwe Ruins Hand dyed cotton fabric and string, beads, maize seeds, old coins.  90cm x 50cm

Zimbabwe Ruins
Hand dyed cotton fabric and string, beads, maize seeds, old coins.
90cm x 50cm

“…there is an end to pity, and it is right that there should be an end; for there comes a time when it is a veil over the face of truth.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Beverly Nichols: ‘Father Figure’


This is what I wrote in 2004:
“This work is about the chaotic situation in Zimbabwe, the land of my birth. My heart goes out to all the victims in Zimbabwe who are paralyzed with fear, hunger and confusion and whose situation is worsening daily. Like the families of abuse victims, who helplessly watch from the sidelines, I wish that there was something that I could do to help, but there is nothing, except to watch and pray that they will finally find the strength within themselves to say “Enough! We cannot go on like this any longer.  We will create our own change and bring about our own new reality.”

This skirt is a prayer for courage, strength and protection and a garment for them to wear when they finally stand up to perform their freedom dance.

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