Thursday, September 26, 2013

Unconditional Love


Unconditional Love, 1995
Lameck Bonjisi 
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place

            Born in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, Lameck Bonjisi (1973-2004) began sculpting by the age of 17 using rudimentary tools. In 1989 he approached Zimbabwe’s leading sculptor Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940 - 2002) and was accepted as an assistant and apprentice to his workshop where he was guided for two years. 
          The distinct stylized lines in Lameck's sculptures show evidence of Mukomberanwa’s influence. Once Lameck began sculpting full time, he became an internationally respected sculptor with works shown at exhibitions around the world before dying of AIDS at age 31. 
          Lameck’s younger brother, Witness, studied with his brother as well as apprenticing with Mukomberanwa. His works are also exhibited worldwide. This opal stone sculpture is a gift from Sheila Handwerker to the museum.


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