Lawrence Chikwa - Adam Photography

Lawrence Chikwa

Born in 1973 in Chingola Zambia.

An active practicing artist both in Zambia, Europe, USA and other parts of Africa Lawrence has established a professional discipline of studio work that has come to attract collectors both local and international. Having exhibited in numerous international exhibitions, this experience has built more discipline and confidence in the artist’s art practices. It lead him to establish a full time working studio: THE INTER ART STUDIOS in Lusaka that has been active since 2007. The collection of chikwa’s work extends to business corporate : The I connect (formerly Africonnect), the kafue national park, the chaminuka art collection, he has also realized mural paintings at the alliance francaise of Lusaka, The Gossnner mission Zambia and, Bongohive, the lechwe trust art collection Zambia and other parts of Lusaka.

He conducted a painting workshop in 2007 in collaboration with manor chain of business in Switzerland, he is a permanent artist exhibitor at the Zentrum 5 in Bern and The 17 art Gallery. The collection of his works also extend to different institutions :The panekoemolen and the bibliotheek (library)of burgh in Haamsted in the Netherlands, the prestigious museum of : THE ROYAL CENTRAL AFRICAN MUSEUM OF TURVUREN IN BELGIUM, THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF AFRCAN ART in Washington, the Museum of ethnography of Geneva MEG Villa sovietica.

In 2010 he represented Zambia and Africa at the kunstshouw biennale of Zeeland in burgh haamsted Holland on the celebration of Africa’s 50th Independencies anniversaries in June 2010. Lawrence was a host on the French radio station RFI to speak about his work and development in Africa in Paris in October 2008 and in June 2010 with the Dutch PZC newspaper, pzc.nl.

In 2011 he represented Zambia at the Harare international festival of the arts HIFA at the national Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and was one of the main guest speakers at the Harare conversations.

Currently Lawrence excel as professional full time artist, as an independent Art lecturer he give lectures, seminars and workshops under the Inter Art Studios educative program in Zambia and abroad. As an art consultant he work both with cultural institutions, Galleries, museums and cultural centers. He hold an MA, BA, Dip in fine arts( Swiss platform of universities, ECAV ). From 2012 to 2013 He had a Solo exhibition at Bongohive and a group exhibition at the 37 Gallery in Lusaka, He has been a participant artist in the touring exhibition the “ THE DIVINE COMEDY ‘’ curated by Simon Njami that opened in 2014 in Frankfurt Germany. In the same year his work became part of The Sindika Dokolo foundation. Selected to become a member of the VIDA STUDIOS designers of New York in 2015. His recent 2016 solo exhibition was at the MODZI ARTS center where he was instrumental in giving advices and ideas on how to build up the center that opened in 2016, as a founder member he was honored to be the first artist to have a solo exhibition and is a Gallery Assistant there and a curator for the 2017 l’Lateliear Art competition that is held in south Africa annually to select young Zambian artists to represent Zambia. In addition to his artistic activities he also work on the BONSECREATIVE ART EXPRESSIONS an artistic art production that includes all his arts productions.

Contact Lawrence:

bonsecreative@gmail.com

+260 (0) 96 37 63 621



LINKS AND TRANSLATIONS : THE INSIGHT VIEW ARTISTS AND CREATIVITY BEYOND BORDERS

Creativity is a key element of development as it is linked to societal concerns in paving ways to progressive actions, it helps society to access itself for the betterment of the common good. It is not limited to art alone but extended to different sectors of life and human activities, for societies need to recreate and assess themselves in order to both think and rethink for a brilliant future. In form of art making and other makings creativity bring people together in interactivity and help rethink existential concerns that are universal as it put in doubt already existing structures in paving new ways of thinking.

BEYOND BORDERS

Modern technology and information flows, interactivity and interconnectivity has eased communication within new networks : internet, email, blogs, websites, Facebook, mobile phones, YouTube etc. In these current trends of globalization we find ourselves beyond borders without boundaries, so the understanding of contexts and facts are paramount to tackle universal matters.

It is important for artists to develop an artistic vocabulary that is capable of reaching far beyond our geographic artificially designed political, economical and cultural spaces. As creativity translates thinking into effective results depending on the very expected results ( positive or negative ). Artists lives in societies with similar universal concerns and issues: economic, political, cultural, for artists the understanding of these issues as much as their role as creative people: the responsibility of the act of creation has to involve the artist in thinking about his act as he paint, sculpt, sing, write perform that he has a big responsibility to speak for his society and the world he lives in. for every brush stroke, chisel and other means of expression not only will write the history of his local contextual situations but that of existential aspects of societal day to day immediate matters and issues.

A participative cadence in the developmental world stage is needed with creative and progressive actions important to inspire every aspect of lives in order to deal realistically with Situations and comprehend their contexts. The artistic vocabulary in the current global development must not be only folkloric celebrations of local cultural values but extended to the global context of current happenings as this approach is a reflective element in regard to the local context, art has no boundaries or borders and creativity surpasses geographical limits. It is a universal element. Identities and cultural values of societies are important in their evolving process In that they have to stand the test of time into societies development and progressive paths and this has to be understood in the contextual aspects of the current lives of people.

Borders are not barriers rather directives of mutual respect of the very so said norms , rules, regulations, traditions. It is in this space that culture is imagined. Since creativity is both universal and is used in different societies to tackle matters of different sectors of life, art producers or artist have to consider it a key element in order to help societies in creating and recreating societies in fostering the future with engaging with existential need of human life. The palette of links and translations has a diverse chromatic layers, as it provides esthetic transcendent beauty it also give sense and essence with artistic means to human lives, society, and translates metaphors of life.


Lawrence Chikwa


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