Visual artist Kenneth Namalomba will launch his first exclusive exhibition tomorrow at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) and Maison de la France (Top Mandala building)in Blantyre.
The exhibition comes under a movement called Our Voice Through Art, which seeks to turn arts into a weapon of change by speaking for the voiceless.
Namalomba, who came into the limelight following the release of his K7.5 million Broken Love painting in January this year, said his exhibition will be held under the theme The Forbidden Fruit, which tackles the plight of the girl-child in the country.
“In my art and exhibition, I try to bring back people’s consciousness and make them realise that it is their responsibility to fight against social injustices other than just being mere spectators. It is for this reason that The Forbidden Fruit exhibition centres around defilement, one of the gender and social injustices currently facing girls,” he said.
The artist decries that defilement is robbing girls of their future and precious life. “Defilement is a menace to our society and the world over because it kills the future generation. For example, the trauma alone leads to life-long psychological consequences,” said Namalomba.
JCC deputy director Daisy Belfield said The Forbidden Fruit will be launched days after the closure of Ellis Singano’s month-long Turning the Tables exhibition. n