A rare fusion of both visual and performance art opened a whole new dimension of art presentation not only for the Njelele Art Station but the local industry as a whole.
These were merged in a superb opening ceremony for the Afropolicity exhibition Saturday night.
Arriving at the art space one is greeted by eye-catching graffiti, recently done by South African artist Breeze Yoko. It has given so much life and flair to a gallery that is situated between greasy garages, auto repair shops and car sales.
Yoko who hails from Johannesburg was engaged by Njelele creative director Dana Whabira to come for a week that changed the gallery’s outlook.
“I enjoyed working with her (Whabira) and the team of artists here, they made me feel at home,” said Yoko.
He said Hararians are friendly and acceptant to foreign people which made his work a whole lot easier.
Inside the gallery are artworks including pictures, paintings, portraits and visual installation among others. This is the first time the gallery has hosted an exhibition of this magnitude thus engaging a large number of visual artists among them Calvin Dondo, Masimba Hwati, Misheck Masamvu, Portia Zvavahera, Gareth Nyandoro, Tafadzwa Gwetai, Nancy Mteki and Shannon Murphy.
Mteki says: “It was a great experience working with talented artists like Calvin Dondo and Gareth Nyandoro.”
She said the city lacks a vibrant street art but Breeze Yoko made a huge impact in motivating the artists to be more creative and develop more styles.
In another first, poetry and music were at the centre of the opening with celebrated artists such as the multi award winning rapper Gerald ‘Synik’ Mugweni, the Monkey Nuts, poets Cynthia ‘Flowchild’ Marangwanda and Barbra Anderson performing. These performers were there to bring a heart-catching sound to the streets that are usually deafened with the clutter of metal and raves of engines under repair.
Afropolicity runs until 30 November.