Art Acacia Gallery is honored to introduce a talented artist from Zambia – Mwamba Chikwemba – and present her new art exhibition called ‘HERSELF’. We are very inspired to see this young star in the Zambian art scene as it is our mission to bring you authentic experiences from talented artists like Mwamba from across the world.
This show is a story about women told by a woman. Mwamba has had to fight against the cultural stereotypes of women in her society as well. Despite the social pressure, she quit her secure job to pursue a career in the art world. She decided to lean in and stand up for her dreams. This is the inspiration behind her artwork!
The main theme of the show is to focus on women’s beauty, their tenacity in the face of gender stereotypes and their fight to find a voice of authenticity. It is a celebration of women. Their identity, their courage and their sacrifice, which goes beyond social expectations and provides hope for future generations. The artist starts the conversation on the visual representations of suppressed states. Some examples include the natural African hairstyle to hide their origin, a head-wrap suppressing female individuality on a physical level, a motivation to explore the colors of make-up and clothing to re-connect with female individuality etc.
Every new painting displays motivation for other women, calling for action, asking to raise their heads in confidence and, return them to their natural female authenticity. Bringing it to the world without any fear of reprisal. These paintings stand out for their large canvases which support the grandeur of that collective image of a Zambian woman even more. The postures show pride and strength. The colors speak for the vibrating power of the female soul and the eyes share the same hardship of being a woman today in a society dominated by men.
Some of us from the western world, we are accustomed to see ‘cliche’ images of Africa – whether it be the nature sunsets in the Okavango delta or pictures of civil conflicts in places like Darfur. These artworks stand apart and go beyond what we consider as ‘African’ art. We encourage you to spend more time with these paintings and sense the liberation of their fighting spirit. This represents the spirit of Africa. It is elevating and empowering!