1 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Nancy Mteki Off to Scotland

WELL-KNOWN photographer and sculptor Nancy Mteki leaves the country next week in preparation for a two-month fellowship programme with a Scotland-based organisation called Deveron Arts in Huntly.

Mteki, who came tops at the 2012 Dakar Biennale in Senegal, will represent the country in a residency project under the theme of "Maternity" which focuses on young women and children.

The show will explore issues to do with young women's experiences during pregnancy until the child is born.

"I am very grateful and feel excited to be chosen

as the only Zimbabwean to participate in the programme. I think the theme fits well with my situation considering that I am a young single mother," she said.

"As mothers we go through a lot of pain and suffering during maternity and this is going to help us share our experiences and how to overcome some challenges," she said.

The pint-sized photographer has plans to visit some art galleries in London and Switzerland to acquire more knowledge in the world of photography.

"My intentions are to visit some art galleries there, see curators and engage with some artists for a cultural exchange and if I have the chance would want to stage a solo exhibition," said Mteki.

Mteki was born in Harare in 1989 and started taking photographs in 2008 at a local workshop call IIiso Labantu founded by Alistair Berg and Sue Johnson, in South Africa.

She first exhibited her works with IIiso Labantu at the 4th Cape Town Month of Photography in 2008 and since then she has been a regular exhibitor at the Gwanza Month of Photography.

Last year she took part in Dak'Art 2012 - Biennale of Contemporary African Art, presenting a series of images which explored the objectification of women on public transport.

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