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The Refugees

1989 H: 90cm

'The Refugees' is one of Paul Machowani's finest works and won the Award of Distinction for metal sculpture in the Zimbabwe Heritage exhibition, 1989. The sculpture was inspired by an incident witnessed by the artist at the height of the devastating civil war in neighbouring Mozambique.

 

He described what he had seen:

 

"With these (my own) eyes, I saw two boys walking in our village, holding each other, like so. They were dressed in tatters and the older one was crying for hunger, wondering what would happen to them or where they would next find food. Because they spoke Portuguese and did not speak English, I could not understand what they were saying. In those days there were many people coming in our area. It was terrible."

Paul Machowani - 'The Refugees' 1989