Exhibition celebrates African woman

Tuesday March 26 2019


Buregeya's exhibition at the Women's Bakery in Kigali, Photo by Andrew I.Kazibwe 

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With women taking the centre stage in the society, mothers are core figures, a pathway of human life, yet not much attention is accorded to them. Innocent Buregeya’s artistic journey pays tributeto motherhood.

With the world still celebrating women this month, visual artist Buregeya’s focus narrows down to motherhood, which he depicts from a unique approach.

His ongoing exhibition dubbed “ode to motherhood” celebrates mothers.

The first capturing bit about the exhibition, which was launched on March 6, and runs till the end of this month, is the fact that it is all staged at the women’s bakery — a women run organisation — located in Remera in Kigali.

Over 15 paintings adorn the compound of this cozy venue, and placed for recognition. For their allure, the sight can barely miss a view of coloured canvases.

Onto canvases, through semi abstract art forms, the artist depicts various forms of motherhood. Of course with most figures of mothers carrying toddlers on their backs, which depicts the typical lives of an African mother.


Among the paintings, movement of memory, a 100cm by 100cm painting on Canvas, too shares something similar.

With figurative abstract images, it depicts the vast thoughts from various mothers, these are reflected by colours.

It’s a form of similar aspirations shared by different lives, while dancing in the rain,’ a 60cm by 60cm painting depicts three images of mothers, all having babies on their backs, but in a rejoicing mood.

More in one, a 100cm by 100cm piece is a figurative semi-abstract image of a Rwandan woman face, but showing the Amasunzu — a Rwandan ancient hairstyle. This face father possesses.