Mbare Art center: raising awareness of environmental issues in Zimbabwe through creativity

At the sight of flip flops, tissues, toothbrushes and used computers, it will not be out of place to assume that this is a public dump. On the contrary, it is an art center located in the heart of the capital of Zimbabwe.

Tashinga is one of many Zimbabweans who visit this unique space to express their creativity.

He has been visiting the center daily for 9 months, an avenue that helps him release some stress.

“We don’t have a lot of artistic hubs in Zimbabwe. It’s a place where we can grow and learn from other creative people and just connect,” Tashinga said.

Mbare Art Space has been around for over a decade. One of its founders, internationally acclaimed artist Moffat Takadiwa, established this vibrant art space in opposition to the popular Mbare neighborhood, one of Harare’s poorest.

“Making local people have access to art. I think that’s one of the most important things for me. Secondly, I think of building a sort of regeneration and renewal of a dying neighborhood like Mbare Everything here could be so bad, that a project like this will bring new life and hope to many young people, they know that something good can happen in a neighborhood like this.

Moffat Takadiwa’s aim is also to raise awareness of social issues. In particular, ecology. the environment at the center of his art. Computer keyboards, pens, plastic… all his works are made from waste.

“This waste management is a big problem for many African governments, especially now with the pandemic and other new issues. It has become a bigger and bigger problem,” Moffat added.

A space that allows residents to express their creativity while taking environmental issues into account.