Women and the girl child have always been a central theme in visual artist Timothy Wandulu’s paintings. His upcoming exhibition, titled “Women In Pink”, is a continuation of the artist’s undying love for our mothers and sisters.
The exhibition is slated for Saturday, October 28 at Wandulu’s Concept Art Studios in Kacyiru. “Women In Pink”, the artist explains, is wholly dedicated to raising awareness about the scourge of breast cancer in the country.
However, unlike his previous exhibitions, and in a trailblazing move in the local visual art scene, the artist will be relying on the video medium as opposed to the standard 2D canvas.
“People love movies and films, so why not video art?” the artist asks rhetorically before adding that he chose the theme of breast cancer awareness because it is a necessary issue to address.
Wandulu says he chose to use the video medium because it is more engaging than still images.
“The videos are supported by audio, which makes it more interactive hence the message is delivered directly into people’s ears. However it is not like an ordinary movie or video. It’s made up of documented info from shared stories on different social media platforms, biographies, interviews, video and photography.”
Wandulu honed his artistic skills at the Inema Arts Center in Kacyiru, before breaking out and embarking on a solo painting career.
He set up Concept Art Studio in Kacyiru, and one of his first major exhibitions, in October last year was titled Pink, in honor of the international breast cancer awareness month that falls in October every year.
The exhibition took place at the Heaven Restaurant in Kiyovu. It featured portraits of prominent women including the First Lady Jeannette Kagame and First daughter Ange Kagame among other high profile women both in and out of the country.
There was also former Miss Rwanda Doriane Kundwa, and former U.S First Lady Nancy Reagan, who undertook a lot of activism to create awareness about breast cancer.