Street life and the human interaction that accompanies it is a recurring theme in Gareth Nyandoro’s work. Around the world markets are public places, where vendors have a chat and present their wares in the most attractive way possible. In Harare, Zimbabwe this is done on a piece of cloth on the sidewalk, so vendors can quickly grab their things as soon as the police arrive to arrest them for trading illegally.
'Musika wemaphone nemaorange', 2014, work in progress
'Hapana yekutamba totorova mupurisa wekanzuru ari kuda kuvhara musika', 2014, Kuchekacheka, 220 x 145 cm
'Diamond blues', 2014, Kuchekacheka, 240 x 145 cm
'Batai munhu concert', 2013, mixed media, 58 x 38 cm
Nyandoro combines images of vendors with found materials which he processes by employing idiosyncratic variations on traditional craft techniques. He weaves with paper. He produces prints not by using an engraved copper plate, but by cutting directly into the paper, sponging ink onto it and finally removing the top layer of paper with tape so the ink is only left behind in the cuts. He attempts to simulate the market environment by combining two-dimensional collages with three-dimensional objects. The fragile, ephemeral quality of his work references the temporary nature of the marketplace.