Art exhibition celebrates female visual artists

11Mar 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Art exhibition celebrates female visual artists

A one-week art exhibition is taking place at the Chinese Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam to celebrate women’s achievements in the sector.

Visual artist, Safina Kimbokota, one of the organizers of the art exhibition, aiming at celebrating female visual artists, which is taking place at the Chinese Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam.

The exhibition was launched on Friday by Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Tanzania, Gao Wei, and the event has been organized by Nafasi Arts Space and Vipaji Gallery.

The exhibition, dubbed Know Your Worth, has attracted four male and 11 female artists.

Speaking at the launch, Wei said arts play an important part in the lives of many people in the community.

“We appreciate the role of visual arts in the community, arts is very important as it helps women express their feelings," he said.

The exhibition’s organizers, Ruth Sabai and Safina Kimbokota, said the event gears towards marking the international Women's Day and support this year’s theme, Balance for Better.

Kimbokota said the exhibition is about Tanzania women who recognize, understand and appreciate their self-worth and self-expression.
She said the one-week exhibition is featuring photographers, poets, wood and metal sculptors and painters.

“This exhibition is to show the world how women look at the world, challenges and achievements of women, this is not only celebrating women's day but also giving female artists opportunity to display their artistic works," she added.

She further said they involved men in the exhibition so as to show the world that despite some men being cruel to women, there are some males, who are good to females, and have helped the latter realize their dreams.

On her remarks, Sabai said the exhibition also tackles some sensitive issues which women went through but are unnoticed.

“There is a female artist who uses her personal experience she went through in Zanzibar, she is exhibiting the challenges which women face especially during menstruation, this issue is a taboo to many communities but it's our belief that using arts the message will reach many people," she said.