The Lusaka National MUSEUM recently hosted a textile exhibition by Artist Mark Kapaipi that ran from May 27th to June 4th, 2018. Originally scheduled to run for Seven days, the exhibition was extended by half a week due to popular demand. Featuring a wide range of screen printed textiles under titles that included phenomenal woman, Face to Face Mask, Mask and Lizard, the exhibition attracted a number of people throughout its duration that included officials from the Embassies of Ghana and Sweden among others.
And Mr. Kapaipi has encouraged Zambians to embrace locally produced products and support local artists. The 70 year old who attended School at Kamwala Primary and later went to art School at Evelyn Hone College before getting a job in the government under the Village Industry Service (VIS) says his inspiration for the designs are everyday objects. The main thrust of the Village Industry Service was to help promote Small Scale industries in areas that included shoe polish manufacture Ketchup and candles among others but went down in the early 1990s.
‘This is the first exhibition I’m holding after more than 40 years, the last exhibition I had was at the Lusaka City Library in 1976’ said Mr. Kapaipi. And with the good response that this exhibition has received, Mr. Kapaipi hopes to start producing prints on a large scale for sale. And his future plans also includes setting up training workshops for people that want to learn the art of textile printing.
If you wish to get in touch with Mr. Kapaipi you can inquire from the staff at the Museum or get in touch with the author on the email provided on the ‘about’ page of this blog.