MWALULA is a documentation of Mwalula Green-Life Farm, a permaculture project located in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The project was produced while I visited my father’s, Chileshe, home country after 23 years of separation. Despite the difference in location and culture, both of us reconnected on our similar interests in farming, conservation, and community building. The farm is run by Dad and I help to direct.
This exhibition was displayed at Open Eye Gallery as part of their LOOK Climate Photo Biennial 2022. You can view a virtual reality version here.
At the same time as the gallery, Open Eye Gallery curated an exhibition of MWALULA in four public, food-growing settings in Liverpool – Faiths4Change, Hope Community Garden, Friends of Everton Park Community Garden and John Archer Hall.
Later, the exhibition was moved to the Capoeira For All studio where they felt very at home, being a space in the city where African art and culture are honoured.
At the beginning of 2023, I was invited to reexhibit at Unity Theatre as part of another Arts Council Funded project that I was launching called ‘Queer Ecology: Silent Spring’; and then at the end of the year, MWALULA was up at Smithdown Socials Arts Hub as part of Blackfest’s programme.
This project was supported using public funding by Arts Council England and match funded by Open Eye Gallery.