African Art Action for AIDS in Africa (3 Members)
African Art Action for AIDS in Africa
This summer Africville teams up with the Stephen Lewis Foundation on a nation-wide tour bringing Africa's beauty to the forefront of the battle against HIVAIDS. Africville is the only Indigenous sculptor owned and operated Shona Stone Sculpture business in the world. Chaka Chikodzi represents over 200 Zimbabwean sculptors through his business Africville.
This summer Chikodzi is bringing three young sculptors to Canada to offer them a chance to promote their artwork, as well as offering Canadians a chance to speak with the creators of these inspiring sculptures, which are all created without the use of power tools. Chikodzi says the impact that the sculptures have on the viewer is important outside of their aesthetic, "The sculpture shows people a side of Africa that they never get to see. It is too rare that people actually hear an African voice speak about Africa, and when they see Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture they are surprised by the fact that the artists are so relentlessly positive." Chikodzi says that what is often missing from the fight against HIVAIDS and poverty in Africa (which are so connected), is the African perspective on life in general; that Africa becomes a vortex of sadness and hopelessness, where the face of the African becomes more important than the voice of the African.
Chikodzi is spearheading a project to connect Stephen Lewis with a hospital in rural Zimbabwe that Africville has been helping to fund since 2005. Howard Hospital is gravely underfunded and much overburdened.
Tour dates to come!
The 4Real Community is welcome to attend shows in Montreal, Oakvillle and Calgary! We are still looking for a venue in Vancouver, so if anyone in the 4Real community has a connection that could be of use, we are looking for medium-large scale gardens space or some kind of beautiful grounds that could host a show. (keep in mind that some of the past places we have done shows are on University Campuses, private gardens, public gardens, parks..)