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Talented Mozambican artists Nelly and Nelsa to launch “Ndruye ni Ndruye” painting exhibition
Twin sisters Nelsa and Nelly Guambe are Mozambican artists born in 1987 in the Province of Inhambane. They both live and work in Maputo.
She uses painting and photography as main channels for artistic expression. Her art represents ongoing African and especially Mozambican vibrations, of what inspires and awakens socially. In 2017 she Co-founded DEAL Creative Space in Maputo, which promotes local Design, Entertainment, Art and Literature. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (2010) in Public Administration and Development studies from UNISA (University of South Africa).
Nelsa Guambe is a self-taught artist and member of the Mozambican Artist Association "Núcleo de Arte" since 2010. She has had several solo exhibitions in Maputo, amongst other at the French Mozambican Cultural Center (Maputo, 2016) and has participated in group exhibitions at various institutions within and outside the country amongst others DK Contemporary gallery (Cape Town, 2016) and Pure Gold: Upcycled/Upgraded - World Touring exhibition.
Guambe’s paintings explore and reflect on women’s emotions and circumstances. Using a combination of drawing and painting her work is subtly haunting yet delicate and restrained, evoking a feeling of restlessness that does not aim to resist nor represent the disquietude of the universe, but instead intends to express. Finding her inspiration in women whom she encounters in everyday life and work, as well as in herself, her art responds to a powerful urge to document and record their unknown state of being.
With their hallmark penetrating eyes, her portraits evoke a probing uncertainty, a certain restlessness that frequently leaves the viewer with questions rather than answers. The tension between positive and negative coexists in equal measure in each work – Guambe’s portraits perhaps shed light on the fundamental state of ambivalence in which many contemporary southern African women find themselves, amidst both opportunity and constraint.
Guambe’s first solo exhibition, “Inquietude (Restlessness)” took place in September 2017 at the Nucleo de Arte, Maputo. In 2018, her work has been included in two group shows at Guns & Rain in Johannesburg, as well as at the Mozambican Consulate in Hamburg, Germany. Guambe has recently exhibited at FNB JoburgArtFair (2018), in October 2018 her work will be presented at 1:54 London by Ed Cross Fine Art. Her work has been collected by Robert Devereux, amongst others.
Date and Time: Monday, November 12 2018 at 19h30
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