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Zimbabwe is renowned for its stone sculpture. But a new wave of urban art made from thrown-away objects is emerging, which often reflects the difficult times the country is facing.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/06/africa_zim...

Below are photos from an older exhibit at the Harare National Gallery. Art is being made, some of which combines Rastafarian and traditional spiritual ideas. At the time of the exhibit, the Gallery Director, Doreen Sibanda was quoted as saying "it shows how skills long used to make toys from old junk have now graduated into a fully fledged art form." http://africanhistory.about.com/b/2006/01/27/zimbabwes-art-from-jun...


Many of the exhibits have religious overtones, a reflection of the increasing numbers of Zimbabweans turning to religion.

In this untitled abstract work about spiritual connections - made from old cupboard doors - artist Mambakwedza Mutasa says the ladder "leads us to another level".

"The messages of hope and resurrection are a universal message we preach through our art," he says.


Old bed

“There is a shift away from established stone sculpture forms into this utilisation of whatever is available,” Ms Sibanda says.

Here, an old bed is used to great effect in Mambakwedza Mutasa’s Nude in Water.

Wire is woven into the bed springs to show the features of a woman and water.

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