In a bid to promoting and showcasing Malawian art and culture in the United States of America, (USA), the Malawi Mission in Washington have embarked on an eight-day art and cultural exhibition sojourn to promote a vibrant Malawian arts and culture through the evergreen Massa Lemu’s effervescent sculptures and works of art.
The exhibition under the theme ‘Stranded fishes and Masks on a wheelchairs’ will be held at the premises in the American capital, at 2408 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington DC with a view to put Malawian cultural values and traditions on an international stage.
In an interview, a spokesperson for the Malawi Embassy in Washington, Yvonne Kalumo disclosed to Nyasa Timesthat the exhibition which is aimed at ‘showcasing and promoting’ Malawian art and culture will run from Thursday August, 30th to Friday, September the 7th, 2012.
Said Kalumo: “A Malawian Scholar and renowned sculpture and painter, Massa Lemu will be displaying a collection of paintings depicting and illustrating Malawi’s and Africa’s cultural heritage in art form at the embassy as way of promoting Malawi’s cultural values to both diaspora Malawians in the US and native Americans as well as people from across the globe.”
Lemu has just completed his fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston-Texas.
“Lemu is a versatile artist and an incredible painter. He also had been teaching drawing at Rice University also in Houston-Texas. We are so proud of him for what he has done in promoting our culture through art,” said Kalumo.
According to Kalumo, the exhibition will be open everyone from the 10 o’clock in the morning to 4 o’clock in the afternoon Mondays through Thursdays.
She further said for the two Fridays, the art display will run from 10 o’clock in the morning to noon.
“We invite all people from all walks of life not only Malawians to come and enjoy Lemu’s magnificent works of art and a have a feel of Malawian and African cultures through his work,” said Kalumo.
Born and educated in Malawi, Africa, Mass Lemu offers that outsider vision. He left his homeland for the first time to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he completed a masters. He was then awarded a Core fellowship by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art .