'This piece is inspired by my friend Twillie. She is a very vibrant and confident woman. She knows what she wants in life she choses to pursue it despite of challenging life circumstances.'
'We would like to think that men and women are fundamentally the same, except purely physiological differences. We all want the same rights and opportunities.'
Women's Identity III
'This is an image of a friend of mine Twillie. She is very beautiful and very courageous woman. Even the way she ties up her hair with a head wrap in a typical afro style illuminates her confidence and pride.'
Women's Identity V
'You can choose exactly what to see in any situation of your life. No one ever got blind by looking on the brightest side of things. Always choose to see the positive side of everything you look at.'
Women's Identity I
'I always want to explore deeper what a complete freedom of a woman is. It seems to me that having an inner sense of freedom is essential for a woman to preserve all her interests: an interest in life, in family, in building a home, but also an interest in her career. Its common in Zambia for a woman to loose her freedom once she gets married. They loose their freedom. They loose who they are, their identity. It's like men own them...'
Women's Identity VII
'There are no limitations when it comes to a woman and her beauty. A woman can still maintain identity and express it in her beauty by simply choosing nice colours , by adding a little bit of make up or a well tied head-wrap. Many women stop taking care of themselves once they get married. It is common in my country...'
Women's Identity IX
'The artwork references a Zambian woman who believes that everything you wear on your body is an expression and you speak without saying a word.'
Women's Identity VIII
'The painting explores how this woman in my neighbourhood looks with a head-wrap. She has never gotten any complaints about wearing a head-wrap from her husband. She believes you can still look sexy wearing it.'
Women's Identity II
'This work is all about a woman who believes that the better you feel about yourself, the less you will worry about what others think of you. It's what she uses to boost her self esteem as a woman.'
Women's Identity IV
'This work is a self-portrait. I want you to see here a woman who is determined, naturally and socially focused on her goals. The one who has a professional confidence that nothing can ever prevent her from creating art, not even a marriage, unlike these other women.'
Women's Identity VI
'Here I wanted to capture a strength and a joy of a woman. Inspired by my mum, despite her responsibilities as a wife and a mother, she still stands out for what she always loves to do (her career). She's a strong and a very hardworking woman.'
Women's Identity XI
'Many women take on too many responsibilities because they do not want to be perceived as lazy or unhelpful in their marriages. For many women, learning to say ``no`` to requests from their husbands or families, is the most difficult thing.'
Women's Identity X
'A praying woman. We all want to pray sometimes. In this painting as an artist I pose a question 'What happens when a woman prays?'. A strong woman knows she has enough strength for her journey, but a praying woman knows it's in her journey, where she will gain her strength.'
'Taking care of hair is a big deal for a lot of women in Zambia. They either braid it, weave it or cut it short to ‘control’ it. Others are blessed enough to rock their natural hair. We see tonnes of hair styles every day, leading to the ever expanding salon business.'
'Chitambala (head-wrap) forms the central theme in this artwork. I often wonder 'Why should we wear Chitambala?'. From the beginning of times, African women have been always wearing head-wraps. I grow up with my mother wearing them and she told me that we have to wear Chitambala for a respect and for a beauty that we posses as African women.'
'This piece is from the series 'Afro-sisters'. The main focus is on a woman named Mulenga Mulenga, who is very confident and proud of her natural African hair. She says that she has been always encouraged to wear a weave to disguise her Afro-hair; she was told that her natural hair looks unprofessional. However, despite opinions of others, she is proud of her look and works at a consultancy firm in Lusaka, Zambia.'
'In 'Afro-sisters' series in general, I explore more African hair which is a big part of our self-expression and female identity. Most people in my country are not proud of it, whilst some are. I am curious to understand what motivates most women to use fake substitutes instead of their natural beautiful afro hair.'
DOD (Day of Death)
'Death forms the central theme here. People fear death but what has it done? Regardless the circumstances, everyone will have to face it.'