Ndiri Mwana Wa.... (I Am A Child Of....) series is the body of work that was conceived while questioning my position as I stand and see myself in different life conditions how does that relate to where I am coming from. I grew up in a setting where whoever is my fathers brother big or small is my father so also my mothers side and we did address them as Amai(Mother) or Baba(Father). Even when my father and mother passed away I still had people around me to address to just as I would my own parents who gave birth to me and the people around us also continued to embrace and support us.
The series is putting together the elements that seem not to varnish from my memories when I think of my childhood.My mother and Father died before they had build their own place or kitchen at the family compound in the country side yet there was one place that always welcomed us. The thatched ceiling that appears on the series is of one specific kitchen which belongs to one of my mothers the wife of my (father's brother)uncle as the world terms it. Her kitchen has always been the embassy of the family. from marriage ceremonies to funerals ,a place where important family issues were discussed, discipline taught , under the same ceiling my father and mother spend the night in this house while people sang for them before burial the next day. When I had my traditional marriage the same kitchen was used to prepare food for the ceremony. The same house has provided for us each time we enter we never leave without food or a drink hence the presence of the cups symbolic (no matter how many time we entered this kitchen we were always provided for) The human forms are confronting self after all the thoughts can I clearly say whose child I am. Though the world acknowledges your biological parents but I believe there is more to whose child we all are.
2019 Uri Mwana Wani? (Whose Child Are you?), National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare