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              The stones of Tengenenge

          Exhibition of contemporary African sculpture

This exposition shows stone sculptures of the Tengenenge community (Zimbabwe), and includes the screening of a video shot in the same village.
The South African Tom Blomefield has founded this community in 1966 in his plantation, 140 km north of the capital town Harare. The first sculptors were his employees who came from Mozambique, Malawi and Angola looking for a job. But since the 1950s, the English director of the Rhodes National Gallery of Salisbury, Frank McEwin, has stimulated the painting and sculpture activities of the local young people. He was in fact an expert of contemporary European art and a friend of Braque, Picasso, Henry Moore and Brancusi, with a particular attention for new talents.
The exhibition shows the works of the three generations of sculptors who lived in Tengenenge and is an important occasion of intercultural dialogue between an African and a European country. With this exposition, one of the most vital expressions of African creativity has been presented to the Italian public; moreover, the workshop of one of these sculptors has created an occasion of dialogue and exchange among Italian and African creative people.

Collateral activities
During the exhibition in Bologna a workshop by the Tengenenge sculptor Simon Kavanze has been realised , with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts.
On the occasion of the exhibition, Lai-momo has published a
catalogue (15,50 euros) and the book Tengenenge and the sculpture of Zimbabwe (10,50 euros).

This initiative has been realised with the patronage of the European Union, the Alto Patronato della Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana, Presidenza del Consiglio della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Assessorato alla Formazione, Università e Scuola e Assessorato alla Cultura della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Consulta per l’Emigrazione e l’Immigrazione della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Assessorato alla Cultura della Provincia di Bologna, Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Bologna, I.R.R.S.A.E. Emilia-Romagna, Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Comune di Sasso Marconi, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Fondazione Carisbo.

The exhibition has been set up in:

Caldogno, Villa Caldogno, June-July 2004
Padova, Monte di Piet of the Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio of Padova, October-November 2000
Torino, Archivio di Stato, September-October 1999
Bologna, Church of San Giorgio in Poggiale, Art and History collections of the Carisbo Foundation, February-March 1998

Reduced versions of the exhibition have been set up in the City Halls of Sasso Marconi, Concordia sulla Secchia, Piazzolla sul Brenta, Santorso…


Fanizani Akuda, Temba Balamu, Bvuma Chabvuta, Davison Chakawa, Ephraim Chaurika, Speedwork Chiguki, Sunwell Chirume, Biriyo Ferenando, Barankinya Gosta, Lazarus Gwasha, Chris Kasina, Simon Machile Kavanze, Josiah Manzi, Bernard Matemera, Joseph Muchembere, Alice Musarara, Tendai Musonza, Ronside Muzeya, Chakanesa Muzhona, Louis Nchalaba, Richard Rabson, Staycot Tahwa, Stanford Tombe, Pihason Tayero, Bernard Zindonda.

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