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Sacred Spaces

In Shona tradition a sacred space, nzvimbo inoera, is a natural place where spirits are present, comprising of trees, caves, streams or mountains. They possess the ability to evoke a special state of mind or emotion as well as catalyse a deeper spiritual awareness or altered state. It is in this space of knowing yet not knowing, of mystery and of understanding what we cannot always explain, that sacredness exists.

This series explores imagined sacred spaces. The works depict representations of traditional Shona customs for communicating with ancestral spirits; the journey through life with spiritual guides and ancestors; and the overlap between the physical and spirit worlds. The figures bring to mind the natural form of Shona stone sculptures.

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  © Mathias Chirombo 2011