A young visual artist, Botho David’s upcoming exhibition will celebrate locals who have flown the country’s flag in various places and through various works.
Boka is a Setswana name meaning “to praise”, his theme for the exhibition is, “Batswana Of Known Appearances” and the acronym to that is BOKA, exactly what he intends to do at his solo exhibition on March 27th through April 16th. The young artist has exhibited at Thapong Visual Arts Centre as well as abroad in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and in London, United Kingdom of England (UK), but BOKA will be his first solo exhibition.
“From 2011, I have exhibited twice locally at Thapong and several times in Kuala Lampur where I was studying. I exhibited for a full month in London while I was on an exchange program there,” he said. He described the exhibition as a time for Batswana to come see painting of their icons on display, under one roof at the same time.
“For a change, the spotlight has to be on our own,” he said. The Curtin University graduate said he studied Multimedia (Graphic Design) and has always had interest in fine arts. “I grew up in Lobatse and I have always been creative from a young age,” David said and added that, “I like using my hands. I am working with oil painting now, I stretch my own canvasses and prime them to the textures I want and then paint in layers for weeks. I love handwork, I know you can buy a finished canvass but for me it does not feel authentic when I do it that way.”
Said David, “Our culture doesn’t place much value in the arts; our government has played a big role in that so far, prizes for students arts competitions are set at P1500 for example. There is no sustainability in that. The arts deserve a bit more recognition and exposure, and all sectors including the private sectors have to encourage that.”
He decried that there were not enough events for artists to exhibit at, save for the annual Thapong exhibition and a few others still by Thapong. During the opening night, David said that he will have a few surprises for the opening night and feature other local artists and continue his solo projects for the remainder of the exhibition.
He wishes there was a national gallery where local icons and heroes can be exhibited. While he recognised that money could be an issue, he believes that the gallery is worth it. The exhibition will be held at the National Museum Monuments and Art Gallery, Octagon Gallery, in Gaborone.
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