The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Scots Can't Get Enough of Mteki

ONE of Zimbabwe's well-known photographers and sculptors, Nancy Mteki, has won a fellowship programme with a Scotland-based organisation called Deveron Arts in Huntly after she came out tops at the 2012 Dakar Biennale, Senegal.

Having studied sculpture under the tutelage of her father, Nancy defied all odds by venturing into photography.

Today, she has carved a name for herself in the photography world.

The 24-year-old artiste was born and bred in Harare's western high-density suburb of Glen Norah.

Drawing her inspiration from her father, Richard Mteki, who is also her role model, Nancy said she was very grateful for his support.

"I am blessed to have a father like him for he has been my pillar of strength in my road to stardom though arduous. We are a family of the second generation of sculpture since my brother Brian is also a famous sculptor," Nancy said.

A self-taught photographer, Nancy tried her hand at sculpting in which she excelled.

"It might sound like a fairy tale, but as far back 2008 my father taught me how to sculpt and I performed beyond his expectations," she said with a smile.

Professionally, she ventured into the photography circles in 2008 with South African local groups "Iliso Labantu", formed by Alistar Berg and Sue Johnson.

With a number of works the world over, Nancy uses Shona for her titles for marketing purposes. Some of her works were exhibited during the Gwanza Month of Photography while others in on display in Senegal.

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