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Under The Sun

1990 H: 70cm

In 1990, Zimbabwe suffered a poor rainy season, greatly affecting food production. The general sense of frustration of the poor is described here as the subject, wearing only a torn pair of shorts, vainly tries to shield himself from the ever present burden of the scorching rays of the burning celestial orb, his empty plate hanging limply from his other hand.

 

The desperation of the situation the figure finds himself in is emphasised in the texture of the work, the flesh represented like strips of biltong in the glare of the heat of the day.

Paul Machowani - 'Under The Sun' 1990