INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST - DELPHINE BUYSSE
Delphine, what is the personal significance and your interpretation of Tuje Pamoja?
Tuje pamoja is a very powerful wish for the future of our children. The wish to be together in the building of our world but also to go together actively not trying to fight against something but for our values which are becoming more and more common as we face global concerns.
Please tell us a little about the Khanga design elements
A portrait without face can be every single person which has already faced the feeling of not being welcomed or not belonging to somewhere once in his life. The more we close the borders, the more people will be enclosed. The more we open them, the more we free the natural circulation or migration which seems to have been forgotten everywhere in the world, these days. We are all passers-by and we will all have to redefine the concept of home with the globalization of migration.
Eyes. We are looking at you, as an example. Dar es Salaam, the city of the project’s departure, has always been a welcoming house of peace. Let’s it keep it like this…together. We can make the world better if we work together.
Mouth. Freedom to be, to think, to express, to travel, is what we wish and what we ask for everybody.
And what are your thoughts on the project?
As an artist I think the idea is extraordinary. It’s inspiring to see installation art coming alive in Tanzania. While it is an ambitious project, I know Sarah Scott, and believe that with the community and connections she has, she will be able to make the project happen. Tuje Pamoja.
Born in Belgium in 1982, Delphine Buysse has shown a very early interest for art and has always been drawing and painting. She discovered printmaking in extra activities at the Fine Arts School as a teenager. She has a predilection for engraving and screen printing but she does experiment also other techniques of mix media.
She is interested in the very abstract concept of time and she explores it from a scientific, psychological and philosophical angle. As a visual artist, she approaches time through very patient and precise work in repetitions and series.
‘Her work looks fragile (her refined line prints, her engraved glass works) but are strong in subject matter. The fragility of the work is the part that makes it strong.’ Jan Van Esch, managing director of the Nafasi Art Space.
She arrived in Tanzania 10 years ago. Since 2013, she has been part of 10 exhibitions in Tanzania and Kenya. She has also curated three exhibitions in Tanzania, organized workshop for adults and children and has created a little brand of screen printed products.Currently, she has started a research for a new project which is about ‘the adaptation of migrants to the global culture of a fast growing city’.
To know more about Delphine: http://altdel.net.