From the natural tragedy of flood to the casualness of the bar culture, local Mozambican life comes alive in the miniature sculptures of artist Dino Jethá. Jethá practices the traditional Mozambican art form, psikelekedana, softwood carving made from the wood of the cashew nut trees. These little vignettes reveal individual moments of what life in his town looks like but also create a broader narrative through the series of these individual moments. Jethá embraces the tragic (death scenes) and the mundane (market visits). His attention to detail is reflective of a sensitivity that only a local can endow to each scene.
Pedro Vaz’s paintings look as if, like a child, he slid his fingers through paint and then across the canvas. There is not much definition to his monotone canvases. And yet, suddenly the form of a mountain, a mass of trees, or a forest path emerges. Subtlety is key to Vaz’s work. It requires a moment of focus, and in turn, he treats the viewer to the quiet serenity of paying attention. In some shows, he includes photographs and in others he presents his works outside of the gallery and in situ. No matter the format – video immersion or painted canvas – Vaz transports his viewers into the pristine, untouched nature that only exists away from mankind.