Visual Art & Music
In residence at Made Marion Craft, 166 Cuba Street, Lema Shamamba is a leader, educator, mother and storyteller, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In association with Auckland’s Objectspace, see and hear about embroidered narratives of ongoing conflicts in the Congo. The artist will be joined for performances by Wellington based Congolese musician Sam Manzanza.
Performances by Sam followed by time with Lema are at 2 and 4pm Saturday 27 March and 12noon,1 and 2pm Sunday 28 March. We will have a Curators of Cuba discussion with everyone 1.15pm Sunday.
In her West Auckland community Lema is known affectionately as ‘Mama Lema’, working closely with community development organisation, Rānui Action Project. She established Women of Hope, connecting migrant women, and was recognised for her work in Women Kind: New Zealand Women Making a Difference.
Conflict over minerals is represented through metallic coloured forms, whilst characters illustrate the daily threat of being killed or raped by militia. In some works, figures are shown attempting to cross the border. Shamamba also offers counter imagery as symbols of hope embodying her resilient stance: 'the beauty of Congo can light up the whole world'.