HARARE – Over the weekend I had a fascinating outing as I attended a sculpture exhibition in Domboshawa, dubbed “Without Words in Domboshawa” and what an artistic experience it was.
The exhibition, run by Shungu Trust for Deaf Youths is headed by Franz Keck of Little Zim-Art of Africa.
It is mounted at the popular and spectacular Domboshava Monuments, a prime spot for tourists who enjoy its scenic structure; the fresh air and yes, all the space one would need.
Shungu Trust for Deaf Youths is engaging in a heart-warming exhibition entitled “Without Words in Domboshawa”.
From afar, you would think it is just a few stone sculptures, but as you navigate the Domboshava Monuments, you are greeted by stone and wood carvings that defy classification.
From images of animals, insects, human figures and several abstract pieces, the exhibition witnesses one of the most creative and innovative curatorships that is totally out of this world.
The caves are a popular destination for tourists, even without the exhibition, the surroundings reveal the beauty of nature and why this place has become a national pride.
For the people of Domboshawa, the touristic rock caves are a blessing to local communities as evidenced by locals who converge at the site.
But it is the sculpture exhibition that grips everyone’s imagination as it blends so well with the rocky sands; glamour and indeed an artistic adventure.
And one needs to be fit as you need 30 minutes to negotiate your way up the rocks, artistically holding the sculptures.
As you reach the top of the rocks, the sculptures greet you, and suddenly you get lost in a maze of art.
The rocks themselves are art and there is always no hurry to climb down the rocks as everyone awaits the sun to drop.
With the sun setting, the scenery created is majestic and as the sculptures tower high, one doesn’t need time to appreciate the fascinating colours that don these mystic rocks.
As one negotiates the way up the highest point, traditional dance drums are heard in that distance.
Atop the rocks, two traditional dance groups entertain guests that have taken time to cool off from the trip.
Keck, a German national is the man behind the exhibition.
Keck is not new to Zimbabwe as he has been around since 1982.
He says: “Initially I came and my thrust was in clothing and I am still into that business.
“I act as an agent for two German-based companies and the project has been successful.”
Keck established his clothing company, Paramount and has been doing wonders, exporting local fabrics to Germany.
Apart from fashion, it is his love for art that led him to come up with this fascinating idea to mount an exhibition at Domboshava Monuments.
“I hold this exhibition usually in November and I am happy with the response so far. There have been other sponsors chipping in; last year we had eight international visitors who graced the showcase.”
Keck said he loved the concept to mix art and nature.
“This exhibition is a classic synergy and I like to develop this concept so that it happens annually. The artists have been helpful and they appreciate that this is a business; they have to be happy with the way I market their products.”
Keck said he runs a similar exhibition in Germany, better known as Little Zim-Art of Africa.
“It is a two way experience as I am holding two art exhibitions in different continents.”