Impundu Arts Center is pioneering an initiative aimed at curating solo exhibitions for women visual artists, starting from Rwanda. Named “Solo exhibition for women artists in visual arts”, the project is set to redefine the local art landscape by showcasing the talents of both emerging and established artists hailing from diverse backgrounds and artistic styles. In a conversation with The New Times, Jemima Kakizi, the representative of Impundu Arts Center, shared their inspiration for curating solo exhibitions. Recognising the lack of visibility for Rwandan women visual artists, Kakizi drew inspiration from the history of art in Rwanda. She observed that there is only one art school in Rwanda, Ecole d’Art de Nyundo, and women were admitted more than 30 years after its establishment, which she said contributes to their limited visibility in the art scene. The art curator and visual artist further explained that during her own artistic journey, she lacked Rwandan female role models from whom she could learn. It is with this understanding that she believes curating solo art exhibitions can empower women artists by providing them with a platform and exposure. By showcasing the richness and diversity of contemporary art created by women, she believes that viewers have the opportunity to appreciate their unique voices and visions. Impundu Arts Centre has ambitious plans to organise numerous exhibitions, not only in Rwanda but also across Africa and beyond as it continues to grow. One of its primary objectives is to encourage more women to participate in solo exhibitions, emphasizing that being a woman artist alone is not enough; one must also put in the work and strive for recognition and opportunities. Kakizi, expressing her optimism, observes a positive change in the art scene. She notes that people are becoming more aware of the presence and talent of women artists, which in turn leads to increased opportunities and support for them. She believes that by showcasing their artwork and establishing their visibility, more people are willing to purchase their creations. Additionally, she highlights the importance of mentorship, explaining that young women artists now have role models and mentors they can seek guidance from, which was something that Kakizi and her peers did not have in the past. Kakizi is confident that through their efforts, they are contributing to the growth of the art industry and aim to create a conducive environment for future generations to work in and further develop their artistic endeavors. The first solo exhibition which is part of the project is Irebe ry'itangaza by collage artist Crista Uwase. It began on May 6, showcasing 51 artworks. Inspired by a desire to play, heal, and challenge oneself after a period of inactivity, the exhibition reflects the artist's exploration of the Sankofa concept, revisiting past experiences and knowledge to guide her creative process. Cultural symbols such as cows, shields, arrows, and masks are incorporated in the artworks, allowing for the creation of diverse and imaginative ideas.