During my time as an artist in residence, I came to know and appreciate the work of Modzi Arts. Modzi Arts brought together and networked Zambian artists with me. I was very surprised by the quality of Zambian art, friendships developed during my stay and connections to partner institutes were established.
We now work together on different levels and adding to their library is particularly important to me. With the support of the Liebelt Foundation we were able to acquire a basic stock of books. The book selection reflects the variety of Modzi Community interests. Modzi Arts does not see itself exclusively as a place for contemporary art. It defines itself as a space for art and culture. The books were selected with this in mind. Topics are African literature and theatre, Zamrock music and art history, independence movement but also books about spirit possession, rituals and cultural history.
It is a place for multicultural international exchange. Observing the other, the stranger and the unknown, learning from other cultures is a core component and meaning of international artist residencies. The books give an insight into the art of different cultures and contexts, e.g. Zamrock, Asian art, art of the Caribbean, European art history, the history of modern art, contemporary art in a global context, comic and arts theory.
I like the idea of bringing the two Modzi libraries, tool library and book library, together in a common space. Sharing tools, equipment and knowledge is the basis of the Modzi community and is vital to building a Home for the Arts in Zambia.
By: Klaus Hartmann
Thank you to everyone that supported Klaus Hartmann, Liebelt Foundation, Alex Hoehne, Liberatha Alibalio, Rebecca Corey and Nafasi Art Space.