As the hype of Black Panther continues worldwide – let’s not just focus on its entertainment side but rather the very culture which has inspired its story.
I know very little about African art, but after seeing the vibrant patterns and designs in the movie mentioned, it makes me all the more interested in the upcoming group exhibition by V54 here in Hong Kong. ‘Bridges‘ feature paintings and screen prints by three emerging African artists – Tafadzwa Gwetai, Franklyn Dzingai, and Anthony Bumhira. Even though their works remain to be strongly inspired by the African tradition, they have pushed aside primitive perceptions and instead, replaced it with a strong dialogue that unpacks common themes such as ” education, tradition, culture, religion, citizenship, past and present.” Exchanging unique stories that align them with the rest of the world, while remaining true to their own experiences specific to their country of upbringing; the exhibition, as its name states, do act as a bridge between Africa and Hong Kong, and even the rest of China.
Bridges – African Arts Group Exhibition
15 March to 20 April 2018 (visitors please RSVP)
V54, NO.54 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong