' Kusololwa Amumuni: To Be Led By Light ' a Solo Exhibition of paintings by Restone Maambo 

' Kusololwa Amumuni: To Be Led By Light

a Solo Exhibition of paintings by Restone Maambo 

Opened 25 January - 24 February 2018 at Gallery One11.

Traditional Healers, commonly known as the ' Sangoma' fulfill varied roles across communities in Southern Africa and beyond its borders. These roles can encompass healing and divination both physical and spiritual. Sangoma's direct rituals surrounding birth and death among others such as providing protection and are often considered as narrators of tradition and culture and are respected as such.

Restone Maambo, an experimental painter from Zambia explores his ancestry and experiences with regards to traditional healing and in particular plays homage to the process of awakening, known as ‘ Kusololwa Amumuni', a difficult but integral transition for those called to practice.

Maambo reflects a profound respect for the female traditional healer, reflecting her as a Matriarchal subject active in contemporary urban culture and ultimately as a carrier of vital tradition and value.

Maambo's usage of acrylic paint and varnish layering is lucid and reflective of spiritual meditative states, his works exalt his subject matter which is produced on a life-sized scale to better establish a strong relationship between the viewer and his chosen subjects. Techniques incorporated include traditional painting methodologies alongside new experimental materials such as plaster and cement applications- interactive antidotes which result in playful and experimental mark making on the Artists surface allowing for further investigation. Maambo's works are laden with layers of impasto paint and more recently, collage and mixed media. The compositions often mirror his respect and appreciation of the Feminine and the Divine, utilizing symbols and subject matter from everyday circumstance, the Old Testament and tradition carried from generations.

Maambo’s latest solo body of work ’Kusololwa Amumuni: To Be Led To Light' challenges the audience to negotiate one’s own association and connectivity to their ancestry, traditions, spirituality and the unlimited potential of the Divine.

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1951039121827895/

About the Artist:

Restone Maambo was born in Zambia, in 1980. His aspirations to be a working artist led him to move to Cape Town to study further and he was awarded numerous prizes as he studied at Ruth Prowse. He graduated in 2008 and has since pursued his career, exhibiting at Ecclectica Contemporary; Gallery One11 and providing works towards Yellowoods Art Collection.

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Words by Megan Theunissen. 2018.




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An interview with Restone Maambo 22.01.2018

Gallery One11 chats to Restone Maambo in amidst of paper, canvases and paintbrushes in his temporary studio space at Side Street Studios. The Artist has been in production for 2 months creating an intimate body of work reflecting the Contemporary Sangoma- often reflected as the Matriarchal Woman carrying tradition and spiritual beliefs through local communities. 

One11: Tell us about your career, when did your career as an Artist begin?

RM: Professionally I can say it started in Livingstone, but I grew up as an Artist. I use to work with a lot of charcoal as well as crayons as a child. I was very active, I always too much for my Mum to handle so I just use to sit and draw in books and on paper. I use to illustrate cartoons mostly but was attracted by characters I saw n movies and that I could replicate from memory. 

One11 : Your work has has developed over the last 2 years, specifically we see more collage intergration and more mixed media intergration streeing from realism. Do you feel as if your methods have changed and how so? 

RM : I use to work with collage earlier in my career, it’s just a different approach I am utilizing now. I was just experimenting in studio and I accidentally peeled off one of the areas of paper I had already painted on and I liked the effects that were on that piece of that paper and what is left behind. Also I like the way acrylic dries on plastic, it’s easy to peel off that paint and I could see that there is always some beautiful areas that you create by experimenting. Using the paper is much easier to manipulate and you can tear it around and play with it. Collage is a technique that I have found to be more different. I was encouraged to do this from my time at Ruth Prowse. When you are an artist and you place yourself in a situation where you have to respond to what your work is saying, it’s a relationship between you and your work. I always try to respond to what my works are saying to me. 

One 11: Do you foresee any new methodologies being incorporated into your practice in the near future after your next upcoming projects?

RM: Nowadays it is so fascinating how we can utilize unusual materials to create something new, people’s imagination and creativity is just something that is so unpredictable sometimes, that is what we are looking for is to come across an everyday object and find a means to use it in a new way. There is much more techniques and methodologies in times to come, I look at the work of Abrahim (Mahama)  and how he works with the sacks, it’s something that I never thought anybody could create high valued work out of those. So to me that is how an Artist tests their ability. Next for me I hope to create large scaled installation. It will definitely be large scaled installative painting and am decided on the mediums. 

One11 : What is it about the Feminie and the Divine that you feel the need to reflect in your works?

RM : I am surrounded by women, but it’s much more than that I notice that as an Artist and it holds symbol and we can see far back in history of how women have been side lined and subjected. Painting these subjects encourages others to view the female in a new light. I am also from Christian and cultural back rounds and I hold certain beliefs about the female. In the scriptures when God speaks, he speaks of Isreal being a Woman. When He speaks of the Children of Isreal, it’s a symbolic figure.


Event Link: https://www.galleryone11.com/exhibitions/2018/1/25/kusololwa-amumuni-a-solo-exhibition-by-restone-maambo

'Kusololwa Amumuni: To Be Led By Light' a solo exhibition by Restone Maambo. 25 January - 24 February 2018. 

111 Loop Street Cape Town 8000.