Elephant Totem by Agness Buya Yombwe, 2018, Chalk powder, charcoal, tea leaves and acrylic on hard board, 113cm x 51cm
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This work was first of all inspired from the idiom Elephant in the room. Most people world over have discarded some of their beliefs and culture in preference to a religion of their choice. One of the forgotten objects are totems which can either be an animal or plant which serves as the emblem of a family or clan which often reminds us of our ancestors. It was also created to remind people that it is a taboo to eat your totem. That is what I was told when I was growing up.
Agness Buya Yombwe is a founder and Co-director of Wayi Wayi Art Studio & Gallery, Arts Educator, painter, sculptor, print maker & mixed media artist. She is one of Zambia`s leading figures in the creative and visual arts industry. Her works of art, including prints, paintings, and sculptures, have been acquired by: the National Art Collection, Lusaka National Museum; Chaminuka Village Art Collection, Lusaka, Zambia; Thapong Collection, Botswana; Tulipamwe Collection, Windhoek, Namibia; McColl Center for the Arts, Matero Boys, Barclays Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank, Lusaka; Lechwe Trust Art Collection, Lusaka; and private collections in Norway, Australia, Germany, the USA, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and others. Agness Buya has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including: NI MZILO/It is Taboo (2019) solo exhibition and Book launch at the National Gallery in Livingstone, Zambia; (2016) DIALOGUE (group) at Kunstabanken in Hedmark; (2015) Dialogue (solo) 37d Gallery, Lusaka, Zambia; (2012) Social Issues, Livingstone Museum, Zambia; Botswana`s foremost female artists(2005) at the Frame Gallery, Gaborone Botswana; Art for the Heart(1997) Africa Centre London; Edvard Munch Atelier (1995), Oslo, Norway.
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