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Rwandan Art to be Exhibited in Banjul

Oct 23, 2008, 6:22 AM

The "imigongo" are geometrical structures made of wood, covered with cow dung and painted with natural pigments ranging from white and black to ochre. The paintings date from the early 19th century, when prince Kakira started using them to decorate the inside of houses.

Originating from the eastern province of Rwanda, not far from the border with Tanzania in Kazuvo, there is a workshop in which women have revived this traditional Imigongo-wall painting. They are available for sale throughout Rwanda and are used in many restaurants and hotels as modern decoration.

Besides the beauty of these paintings, it is interesting to highlight that all materials used are natural: Whereas the traditional motifs are geometrical, in recent years more modern patterns have also been used.

The exhibition has been organised by KBJ Conferences, produced by OKO Drammeh Multi Media and will take place this Friday the 24th of October 2008 at the MJ Finance Building,

2 William Street, Banjul
. Selected pieces of art will be on sale and live music at the event will come from the Diaspora Jazz Band.