Driving in darkness

Knowledge Mushohwe Getting lost on South Africa’s complex road network is easy, but it is just as simple to realise that one is lost, and getting back on track is well directed by roadside visuals. T...

Sculpture needs to be looked after

WHEN Dominic Benhura presented his multi-piece “Leap Frog” spring-stone sculpture to local authorities some years ago, the idea must have been to have it occupy some public space for generations. But...

Visual messages: Giving meaning to art

Acceptance by a wide, varied audience is the ultimate objective for any artist. Visual communication by artists can only be seen as successful if there is interaction between the artwork and viewers....

Teasers in newspapers

Newspapers tend to spend a lot of time on design and layout of the front page. The front page is the face of a newspaper, and the entry point for the readers. But because the available space on the f...

Political cartoons crossing the line

Knowledge Mushohwe POLITICAL cartoons are not a new phenomenon. In the Western world where their history is relatively longer than in developing countries, scholars have identified categories and pos...

Text critical on editorial cartoons

Knowledge Mushohwe If there is one characteristic that distinguishes editorial cartoons from the rest of art forms, it is the use of text and visuals to create a complete composition. The text plays ...

Arts: Ministries can do more

Knowledge Mushohwe The Government raised expectations on Zimbabwean artists, particularly visual artists, by presenting a people-driven manifesto seeking to empower the majority. According to the man...

Art and conflict zones

In conflict zones or polarised societies, as was the case during the post-World War I era, Art can be as dramatic and irrational as the war itself.

A tradition of drawing

When newspapers first hit the streets, their content was made up exclusively of words and drawings. Of course the camera was not yet invented, but the drawings served as useful visual information to ...

Political cartoons conundrum

Knowledge Mushohwe Whenever a political cartoon is presented to the public, chances are that at least one person — the subject in the composition will be enraged by it. A form of art that extensively...

Going Green

THE green movement in Australia, built around a global conservation theme, is finding the going tough just three weeks before national elections. Their ratings are low, and major parties they mixed a...

How to lose an election

Back in the day when the country was being liberated, The Patriot reported that Morgan Tsvangirai found young women, poverty-stricken “komboni”, girls to be easy prey. Having a good job and earning g...