Titos Pelembe

b. 1988, Maputo Mozambique.

“Pelembe is amongst artists who have started to push the boundaries by manipulating and modelling clay in an innovative and interesting way. He transcends the craft label often attributed to African ceramics, by melding or combining his distinctive craftsmanship of the medium with artistic, multi-layered expression informed by the Mozambican cultural and artistic milieu.” Harun Harun, Visual Artist and Independent Curator

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”
Pablo Picasso

Being invited to write about Titos Pelembe’s artwork in his first solo show “Trilho dos Sonhos” is a challenge when you live outside the country, and are unable to experience the artwork firsthand. It is however, indisputable that Pelembe is a talented young artist with a flair for expressing himself through clay. This is evidenced through his unique sculpture, which on occasion incorporates found materials, wood and metal. In order to gain a better appreciation of his art form, it is imperative to locate his work within the broader context of contemporary Mozambican arts and culture. Mozambique had two very vibrant periods; one after national independence, where the majority of artists were self-taught and another after the creation of the National School of Visual Arts in 1983. Pelembe belongs to the second period, which largely consists of the new generation of visual artists who received art training through the National Visual Arts School, in Maputo. This group has contributed significantly to the growth of contemporary Mozambican art by injecting new forms of expression. These young artists from Pelembe’s generation are experimenting with clay on a monumental scale. They include Lourenco Abner “Tsenane”, Nelson Joao Muianga “Muingane”, Celestino Bento Mondlane “Mudaulane”, Titos Pelembe and others.

Clay is a medium that is readily available and inexpensive in Mozambique, but it has mainly been used to express the traditional aesthetic. Pelembe is amongst artists who have started to push the boundaries by manipulating and modelling clay in an innovative and interesting way. He transcends the craft label often attributed to African ceramics, by melding or combining his distinctive craftsmanship of the medium with artistic, multi-layered expression informed by the Mozambican cultural and artistic milieu. His eloquent use of line and form imbues his art with a contemporary aesthetic that is simultaneously Mozambican yet global. The element of intricacy found in Makonde sculpture is present in his artworks. The richness of Pelembe’s works is expressed through the symbolism of clay’s earthiness and fragility, as well as strength, attained through firing. These are also characteristics that are reflected in our humanity and history. His sculptures also seem to make reference to our multi-faceted nature and idiosyncrasies as human beings – qualities that shape our personality, in the same way that each of his pieces has its own character. Such reference is made through three-dimensional forms, irregular and organic shapes where lines play a dual role as both contour and surface element. The attached pieces of wood of varying length and sizes, found objects or recycled materials lend dynamism to the expressive artworks.

Pelembe’s emotions, feelings and ideas are diverse and boundless. They come from everywhere, as Pablo Picasso said: The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
He is a very active practitioner who works hard to transform his dreams into the type of art presented in this exhibition. The artworks are well balanced, well composed and well executed, thereby conveying the strong messages that he wants to share with art lovers, art collectors and the community.

Proof of Pelembe’s versatility as an artist is the awards he has received over the years. In 2013, 2011 and 2009 he won prizes for sculpture and painting respectively, in the TDM Biennale. In 2008 he got two ceramic art prizes – one from FUNDAC and the other Expo Musart. In 2007 he received a prize for sculpture and ceramics as well as a special mention for painting. He has also explored comics, and received an award from the Instituto Camões in the same year. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Pelembe’s potential and talent is evident in his ceramic sculptures, which demonstrate an understanding of form and space. His masterful use of line is evident in artworks like Sculpture, 2013, an art installation, which consists of a combination of various materials, namely clay, wood, metal and recycled paper; Turbelencia da crise Economico Mundial, 2009; Disturbio mental, 2008; Gestos de fraternizacao, series, 2011 and the monumental sculpture Sasol, grafico de crescimento, 2012. He also uses various materials such as cement, stones, metal and in some instances adds paint. The mural O encanto da natureza is a wonderful exploration of mosaic and an interesting foray into public art.

In other media such as painting, drawing and watercolour, Titos Pelembe needs to spend more time experimenting in order to give us work that is on par with his ceramic sculptures, in terms of skill and quality. Some of his paintings that show promise in terms of technique, balance and composition include Magalie, 2009, mixed media; No fundo do mar, 2011, mixed media; Danca contemporanea, 2011, mixed media; Bairro dos Pescadores, 2011, mixed media; Vivencias, 2013, mixed media; Celebrando o pescado, 2013, mixed media; A busca do liquid precioso, 2013, mixed media and Novo dia, esperanca revitalizada, 2013, mixed media.

More can be said about Titos Pelembe’s artworks, but the best way to experience his unique approach to the art-making process, is to view the wonderful work displayed in the exhibition ”Trilho dos Sonhos”.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas

Congratulations Titos! I believe that the trail you are following will lead to the realisation of your dreams or goals.

I am inviting all of you to dream along with Titos Pelembe.

Harun Harun
Visual Artist and Independent Curator

Education


2012 Degree at the Higher Institute for Arts and Culture (ISArC), Maputo.
2010 Under graduate course in Ceramics and Pedagogical Training at the National School for Visual Arts (ENAV), Maputo, Mozambique.

Solo Exhibitions


2014 Trilho dos Sonhos, Maputo.

Group Exhibitions


2014 Creative Block - Gallery of Kulungwana - Maputo.
2013 Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2012 Collective exhibition ” Line in form – form in line” , Gallery of Kulungwana - Maputo.
2012 ZIMOKAD, Cultural Art Dialogue Mozambique and Zimbabwe, National School for Visual Arts and Cultural Centre Franco Mozambicano, Maputo.
2012 Sasol Temane sculpture Site, Maputo.
2012 Collective exhibition Creative Block, The Netherlands
2011 Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2011 Design and Production of trophies, Ministry of Civil Service, Maputo.
2011 Collective exhibition Creative Block, Finland.
2011 ICRH Sculpture - Maputo;
2009 Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2009 Collective exhibition and workshop SADC CREATOR ( Botswana);
 - FUNDAC, Maputo
2008 Fund for Cultural and artistic Development
2008 National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2007 Cartoons, Instituto Camões, Maputo
2007 Alto Mae house of culture, Maputo
2006 [Cartoons], Instituto Camões, Maputo
2006 [5th anniversary of the Cultural Centre of the Mozambican Bank], Mozambican cultural centre, Maputo
2006 Fund for Cultural and artistic Development
2005 [30th anniversary of Mozambican Bank], Mozambican cultural centre, Maputo
2005 [Revelation Francophony], Franco-Mozambican Cultural Centre, Maputo

Awards


2011 2nd prize, Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2009 3rd prize, Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2009 Honourable mention, in Painting FUNDAC Malangatana award.
2008 1st prize, sculpture Fund for cultural and artistic development, Alberto Chissano prize.
2008 2nd prize, sculpture, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2007 3rd prize, Cartoons Instituto Camões - Maputo.
2007 1st prize, sculpture and Honourable mention, painting in edition of the Discovery contest.
2006 3rd prize, Cartoons, Camões Institute - Maputo.
2006 1st and 2nd prize , commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Cultural Centre of the Mozambican Bank.
2006 Honourable mention, sculpture, Fund for cultural and artistic development.
2006 2nd prize, UNESCO Malaria poster.
2005 Honourable Mention 30th anniversary of Mozambican Bank.
2004 1st prize, Revelation Francophony Cultural Centre Mozambican Franco - Maputo.

Collections


Cultural Institute Mozambique, Germany
New Group of Communication and creative at Visual Arts Company

Maimuna Adam

b. 1984, Maputo Mozambique

Maimuna Adam’s practice employs a diverse set of techniques to bring together the themes of memory, history, travel and migration. Her works weave fictional and non-fictional narratives related to the experiences of family and friends.

Education


2008 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Solo


2015 Family, 2 month residency at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies(BIGSAS), Bayreuth, Germany
2014​ ¡Toma!, Instituto Cultural Moçambique-Alemanha (ICMA-Goethe Zentrum), Maputo, Mozambique
2013​ Bon Voyage, Galeria “Sala de Espera”, Associação Kulungwana, Maputo

Group


2015 Rastros, Museu Capixaba do Negro (MUCANE), Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
2015 As Margens dos Mares, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
2015 Odyssées Africaines, BRASS Centre Culturel de Forest, Brussels, Belgium
2015​ Colecção Crescente, Galeria “Sala de Espera”, Associação Kulungwana, Maputo
2014​ Processos, Galeria “Sala de Espera”, Associação Kulungwana, Maputo
2013 !Kauru: Africa Imagined, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
2013 hetero q.b., Chiado National Contemporary Art Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 Temporary Occupations – Documents, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
2013 Crescent Collection, Kulungwana, Maputo
2013 Living in this world, Mediateca BCI – Espaço Joaquim Chissano, Maputo
2012 100 Works, 10 Years: A Selection from the PLMJ Foundation Collection, Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva Foundation, Lisbon
2012 _tribune video, École Superieure d’Art de La Réunion, Le Port, Réunion
2012 Between there and here, Bienal MUVART’12, ICMA-Goethe Zentrum, Maputo
2012 Africa meets Europe, Galeri Matesh, Breda, The Netherlands
2012 Crescent Collection, Kulungwana, Maputo
2012 César Schofield Cardoso, Maimuna Adam, René Tavares. Graça Brandão Gallery, Lisbon
2012 VI São Tomé & Príncipe Art and Culture Bienal, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon
2011 VI Art and Culture Bienal, CACAU, São Tomé, São Tomé
2011 Dockanema 6, Video Art/Fundação PLMJ session, Maputo
2011 Bienal TDM 2011, National Art Museum, Maputo
2011 Exhibition of Mozambican Art French-Mozambican Cultural Center, Maputo
2010 MUVART’10 Contemporary Art Bienale, National Art Museum, Maputo
2010 Women and Borders, French-Mozambican Cultural Center, Maputo
2010 Love/Hate soccer, French-Mozambican Cultural Center, Maputo
2010 Temporary Occupations – Paper/Role, Minerva Central Bookshop, Maputo
2009 TDM Bienal (Honorable Mention, video “The Curtain”), National Art Museum, Maputo
2009 Karingana wa Karingana, Camões Institute, Maputo
2004 Art in the Feminine, National Art Museum, Maputo

Prizes


2012 PLMJ Foundation CPLP Video Art Prize, Lisbon

Collections

Celestino Mudaulane

b. 1972, Maputo Mozambique.

Mudaulane (Mondlane) produces innovative, often monumental ceramic sculptures as well as large, striking drawings. His works are highly imaginative, visualizing a world that mediates the material and the spiritual, the playful and the confrontational.

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Education


1997 Faculty of Fine Arts, Porto (workshop or internship)
1997 University of KwaZulu Natal (workshop or internship)
1994 Art Foundation, South Africa (workshop or internship)
1992 Completed ceramic course, National School of Visual Arts (ENAV), Maputo

Positions held


Founder member, Muvart
Member, Nucleo de Arte, Maputo
Lecturer in ceramics, design and drawing, National School of Visual Arts (ENAV), Maputo

Solo Exhibitions


1997 Núcleo de Arte, Maputo

Group Exhibitions (Mozambique)


2010 Ocupações Temporárias, Maputo
2006 Expo Arte Contemporanea, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
2003 Quero conhecer-te África, Fortaleza de Maputo
2003 Bienal da TDM, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
2003 Exposição Colectiva de Artes Plásticas, Instituto Camões, Maputo
2002 Exposição de Pintura, Desenho, Escultura e Cerâmica, Fundação Alberto Chissano, Maputo
2001 Bienal TDM, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
2001 Contra a Violência Infantil, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo
2000 Plasticidades em Moçambique, Instituto Camões, Maputo
1999 Expo Annual Musart, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
1993 2º Workshop, Escola Nacional de Artes Visuais, Maputo

Group Exhibitions (International)


2014 Celestino Mudaulane, Goncalo Mabunda, Mauro Pinto, Galeria 111, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Idioma Comum, Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon, Portugal
2008 Arte Lisboa 08 - Feira de Arte Contemporânea, FIL, Lisbon, Portugal
2007 Muvart Nouva Africa, Antico Palazzo della Pretura di Castell ‘Arquato, Milan, Italy
2006 Arco’06 - Feira de Arte Contemporânea, Madrid, Spain
2006-08 Replica e Rebelda, travelling exhibition organized by the Camoes Institute
2004 Arte Lisboa 04, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 Exposição de Pintura e Cerâmica, Escola Secundária de Soares dos Reis, Porto, Portugal

Awards


2003 1º Prémio de Cerâmica, Bienal da TDM, Maputo
2003 Prémio de Consagração, Fundação Alberto Chissano, Maputo
1999 1º Prémio de Cerâmica, Expo Annual Musart, Maputo

Publications


2007 Muvart Nouva Africa, Antico Palazzo della Pretura di Castell ‘Arquato, Milan (catalogue/ brochure), Pedro Campos Costa (curator)
2006 Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo Expo Arte Contemporanea (catalogue, international exhibition
2001 Bienal TDM (catalogue). Edited by Andre Salamao Mabjala and Ciro Pereira
1999 Expo Annual Musart. Museu Nacional de Arte.

Lizette Chirrime

b. 1973, Nampula, Mozambique. Lives in Cape Town.

Lizette Chirrime produces mostly mixed media works, usually centred on textiles, and sometimes incorporating performative aspects.  Her works frequently incorporate autobiographical aspects, reflecting her life’s journey and dreams. Her images display a strong inclination towards abstraction, with affirming, organic forms that reference human, spirit and plant life. 

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2006

 

    Migration Week, 2006 Published by the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town pp 99 – 112

 

Face(IN) Cape Town, 2006-2007, Exhibition pamphlet

 

  Love Cape Town magazine, volume 1, 2007, pp 56, 57

 

Rootz magazine,2007, vol 24

 

  “Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together”, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.

 

Cape unplugged, Issue 3, 2008 pp 35-37

 

  Sombres, Movimentos e Sonhos (Shadows, Movements and Dreams), 2013, American Cultural Centre,Maputo – Catalogue

 

Roots, 2013, Institute of Visual Arts and Language, Exhibition pamphlet (catalogue)

 

  Viva magazine, August 2013

 

French/Mozambican Cultural Centre , June August 2013, Events program pg 18

 

Art education

Mostly self-taught, attended several art workshops.

Workshops & residencies

2015: In Print, ASAI/ Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
2006: Truworths Artists Residency Programme The Castle, Cape Town.
2005: Greatmore Studio, Cape Town.

Exhibitions (solo)


2016: A Sinfonia da Alma Liberta II (Sounds of a Free Soul), World Art gallery, Cape Town.
2013: A Sinfonia da Alma Liberta, Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano, Maputo.
2005: Mozambican Consulate's Residence, Cape Town.
2004: Metamorforse de Saco, Associacao Mocambicana de Fotografia, Mocambique.

Exhibitions (group)


2017: 35. Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg.
2017:
City lights…and shadows. Stephen Welz, Johannesburg.
2017:
Dress code. Gallery MoMo, Cape Town.
2016:
Beyond Binaries. Essence Festival, Durban.
2015: In Print / In Focus, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town.
2013: Sombres, Movimentos e Sonhos, American Cultural Centre, Maputo.
2007: Voyage Ensemble: A Journey Together, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.
2007: africa south, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2006: Face (in), Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2006: Cape Town Art Festival, Artscape, Cape Town.
2005: Artists Residency Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town.
2004: Arte no Feminino, Museu Nacional de Mocambique.
2004: Evento Bolsa de Turismo, Feira de Arte, Lisbon.
2003: Ma Maf Festival, Centro Cultural Franco Mozambicano.

Collections

Mozambican Consulate, Cape Town. Private collections in Italy, Spain, Portugal and South Africa.

Publications


2013: Viva Magazine, August issue.
2008: Cape unplugged, Issue 3, pp 35-37
2007: Soul Fibre, Love Cape Town, Issue 1.
2007: Love Cape Town magazine. Volume 1. pp 56, 57
2007: “Migration Week”, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.
2007: Rootz Africa, volume 24.
2006: Cape Times, 21 September. Cape Argus, 11 August.
2005: The Tatler, October.
2004: Jornal Noticias, Maputo, 6 October.
2004: Jornal Savana, Maputo, 8th and 29th October.

Commissions

2003-2010: Clothing and wall hanging commissions, private clients.
2009: Wall hangings, Lim Interior Design.

Awards


2004: First Prize, Evento Bolsa de Turismo Competition.

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