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Echoes of the Past: Mixed-Media Work by Tandazani Dhlakama '11

April 25 - June 6, 2011



Echoes of the Past
edia Work by Tandazani Dhlakama '11

Life is always giving us signs and codes that reveal hidden truths from the past. These hints are supposed to warn us, encourage us, or help us to understand why we are where we are.  As I grow up, I hear the echoes more distinctly and more often.  This exhibition is the culmination of a yearlong honors project which has allowed me to explore personal memory, history, and cultural values. It is an analysis of how the past can affect one’s present and can create a new sense of identity.

I experiment with textures in unconventional ways by using various organic materials such as earth, wood, and stone, all of which impart a strong sense of history. In some cases, these elements outlast generations of people. I merge old traditions and ideas with new concepts and techniques to portray how the past is linked to the present.

Through my work, I explore my Zimbabwean history, in particular the Chimurenga War years and the post-independence disillusionment of the eighties and nineties. I reference particular narratives that I have heard from my father and older family members. Thus, my work enables me to understand better the challenges that they have gone through.

- Tandazani Dhlakama ’11


There will be a gallery reception on Friday, April 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.