An Exhibition with a difference

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Courtauld Gallery at night

Basket Case II has garnered a lot of interest in the media as well as in terms of visits by the general public. This exciting exhibition has seen more than 400 visits in the first two weeks. It has been written about more than any other exhibition installed  at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe this year. The  scope of the work transcends boundaries of traditional basketry. It has shown the real power of collaboration; the birth of a new medium.

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Tapfuma Gusta’s artwork being carried into the Gallery

 

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Tapfuma Gusta’s work after installation

 

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A group of American visitors

 

 

 

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Masvingo Teachers’ College

 

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Tumbuka Dance Company

The Tumbuka Dance Company has been inspired to go to Binga on an exchange visit with the Tonga people. Their wish is to learn the African technique so as to redefine the contemporary form. The Tonga people are known for their vibrancy and richness of ancient traditions. Their collaboration with Delaine Le Bas has resonated with the Dance Company and might see this initiative branching off to other traditional art forms that have been neglected of late.

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A group of American Visitors
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Unity Rug, Lupane Women’s Centre

The Unity rug by the Lupane Women’s Centre weavers  a collaboration of more than 5 weavers has generated a lot of interest because of the unity it symbolizes. Sebastian Herkner’s  collaboration with the Binga craft center redefined basketry and pottery bringing a new form of functionality and aesthetics to the two crafts.

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Sebastian Herkner. Photograph by Eric Gauss
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Sebastian Herkner. Photograph by Eric Gauss
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Sebastian Herkner. Pamwe Together. Photograph by Eric Gauss
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Sebastian Herkner and the Binga Craft Centre

 

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matali crasset. The Gourde Family

 

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matali crasset. The Gourde Family

 

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matali crasset. The Gourde Family

The Harare conversations illuminated the creative process and introduced to young artists to a craft they had never been taught. The artists talked about the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. it was clear that the artists and the weavers all got something from the collaboration.

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Harare Conversations Audience 31 October 2014

 

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matali crasset explaining her collaboration with the Bulawayo Home Industries. Looking on are Christine Eyene, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Josiane Paysant and Eric Gauss

 

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Christine Eyene, Dr Prisca Nemapare and Josiane Paysant

 

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Zienzele Foundation weaver with Eric Gauss

 

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Eric Gauss, Christine Eyene and Dr Prisca Nemapare

 

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Eric Gauss, Christine Eyene, Dr Prisca Nemapare and Josiane Paysant

Basket Case II will come down on 15 December 2014 and then travel to Bulawayo where it will open on the 29th of January 2015.

Here are some stories and photo-galleries of Basket Case II

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/11/08/basket-case-exhibition/
http://www.pachikoro.co.zw/2014/10/basketcase-2-official-opening/
http://www.weekendpost.co.zw/articles/2014/11/07/basket-case-ii-opens
http://www.dailynews.co.zw/galleries/2014/11/05/basket-case-ii
http://www.panorama.co.zw/index.php/archives/117-visual-arts/784-basket-ii–the-power-of-collaboration
http://www.zim.gov.zw/index.php/component/content/article/113-november/15423-basket-weaving-exhibition-opens
http://www.sundaymail.co.zw/reclaiming-africas-ancient-scientific-heritage/
http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/11/matali-crasset-basket-case-ii-gourd-weave-zimbabwe/

http://makinghistoriesvisible.com/news
http://art-south-africa.com/220-news-articles-2013/2333-harare-conversations-art-craft-and-design-meet-at-the-basket-case-ii-30-october-2014.html
http://www.designboom.com/design/matali-crasset-zimbabwe-gourd-baskets-11-10-2014/
http://www.dezeen.com/tag/matali-crasset/
http://www.britishcouncil.co.zw/events/basket-case-launch
http://africa.widmi.com/index.php/zimbabwe/the-chronicle/entertainment/206738-basket-weaving-exhibition-opens
https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/post/116404/3730458291
http://www.domusweb.it/content/domusweb/en/design/2014/11/11/the_gourd_s_family.html
http://www.outofafrica.co.zw/the-buzz/the-buzz/what-is-new/1758-national-gallery-of-zimbabwe-the-basket-case-ii-exhibition
http://vongundlach.com/matali-crasset-presents-woven-vessels-in-collaboration-with-zimbabwean-weavers/

Basket Case II

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Curated by Raphael Chikukwa and Christine Eyene

Featured artists: Ifeoma Anyaeji, Alexandra Bircken, Delaine Le Bas, Tapfuma Gutsa and Michel Paysant.

Featured Designers: Sebastian Herkner and matali crasset.

Basket weaving communities: Binga Craft Centre, Lupane Women’s Centre, Bulawayo Home Industries, STEP Trust and Zienzele Foundation.

Photo Gallery

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Tapfuma Gutsa. Maptya

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Tapfuma Gutsa. Mapatya, Man of war, Cocoon

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Bulawayo Home Industries Gourds

 

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Alexandra Bircken. Mixed Race

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STEP Trust Bamboo lamps

 

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matali crasset. Matopos

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Zienzele Foundation. Baskets

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Sebastian Herkner and Bulawayo Home Industries. Pamwe together

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Zienzele Foundation. Baskets

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STEP Trust. Trays and hanging baskets

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Courtauld Gallery

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Courtauld Gallery and East Gallery

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Courtauld Gallery. Tapfuma Gutsa and Michel Paysant’ work

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Michel Paysant. The Blake Project with photographic stills by Eric Gauss

The Basket Case II exhibition will run at the National Gallery in Harare until 15 December 2014. It will travel to Bulawayo where it will be on show from 29 January to 21 March 2015.