ARTWORKS (Left Wall)

80 x 100 cm | Oil on Canvas

SCHULKINDER IN TANSANIA 8

Children and especially girls from anywhere in the world can reach any goal with a good education.

The children from the series “Schoolchildren in Tanzania” are students of the Msasani Primary School in Dar es Salaam. They are all hearing impaired or deaf and some of them live with additional physical or mental disabilities. Seona donates from each sale of the Tanzania paintings to the association Tansania AG des Friedrichs-Gymnasiums Herford e.V., which helps children in Tanzania to finance their school education. Several children from Msasani Primary School are among the beneficiaries.

Since 2021, Seona has been working with the young photographer CK Visuals from Dar es Salaam so that she can continue her project from Germany. The reference photo for this painting was taken by him. CK is also among the participants of this exhibition now.

Artist: Seona Sommer (reference photo by CK Visuals)

80 x 120 cm | Oil on Canvas

SCHULKINDER IN TANSANIA 9

The children from the series “Schoolchildren in Tanzania” are students of the Msasani Primary School in Dar es Salaam. They are all hearing impaired or deaf and some of them live with additional physical or mental disabilities. Seona donates from each sale of the Tanzania paintings to the association Tansania AG des Friedrichs-Gymnasiums Herford e.V., which helps children in Tanzania to finance their school education. Several children from Msasani Primary School are among the beneficiaries.

Since 2021, Seona has been working with the young photographer CK Visuals from Dar es Salaam so that she can continue her project from Germany. The reference photo for this painting was taken by him. CK is also among the participants of this exhibition now.

Artist: Seona Sommer (reference photo by CK Visuals)

80 x 100 cm | Oil on Canvas

SCHULKINDER IN TANSANIA 6

The children from the series “Schoolchildren in Tanzania” are students of the Msasani Primary School in Dar es Salaam. They are all hearing impaired or deaf and some of them live with additional physical or mental disabilities. Seona donates from each sale of the Tanzania paintings to the association Tansania AG des Friedrichs-Gymnasiums Herford e.V., which helps children in Tanzania to finance their school education. Several children from Msasani Primary School are among the beneficiaries.

Since 2021, Seona has been working with the young photographer CK Visuals from Dar es Salaam so that she can continue her project from Germany. The reference photo for this painting was taken by him. CK is also among the participants of this exhibition now.

Artist: Seona Sommer (reference photo by CK Visuals)

50 x 40 cm | Acrylic on Canvas

THE TRUTH

The lie is that the Russians are fighting Ukraine, but the truth is that Russia is against the world. That’s why I painted an African man, to show that Africa is also getting problems because of what’s happening in Ukraine. The nuclear fire means war and that is the source of all the problems. You can see that it goes from the Russian flag to an innocent Ukrainian flag. And that means the truth defeating the lie.

The way I painted this man, you can see that he can hear the shouting and the shotgun from Ukraine. He doesn’t want to hear it, but he has already been shot from behind and he feels a lot of pain. This is Ukrainian blood flowing and the huge red area is to show the great danger. The red on the painting becomes the color in the Russian flag. The five wounds can mean hunger, screams, inflation, destabilization of the world and death. And where there is death, there is no life. And note that the man carries the universe on his head.

Artist: Ochu

60 x 30 cm | Acrylic on Canvas

EXPECTATIONS

There was a story (I don’t know if it was real or not) that talks about people buying human toes from people. So people can go and sell their toes to the buyer. So they have a special scissors for toes cutting. From that story I decided to paint this painting as to show people the way they can sell their humanity because of money. When the story was on trend in society and on social medias, I heard a lot of people saying that they are ready to be cutting. So here I put the money on toe part as to show the vision of those men thinking that their body parts are all money. They can also sell their soul for money. The painting is called Expectations as to show people are living in pressure of expectations and end of the day they got hurtled when things come vise versa. So they expected to go and sell their toes to change their life but when money ends they stay with an unending pain to loose the body parts. Everytime when they look at it the story remains in their brains.

Artist: Ochu

60 x 40 cm | Acrylic on Canvas

LAZARUS SYNDROME

Let us read: (John 11:43) When he had said this, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (11:44) The dead man came out; his hands and feet were wrapped with linen bandages, and his face was covered with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Take off his burial cloths and let him go.”

Lazarus is one of the people who had the chance to wake up from the dead, as it says in the Scriptures. Did you know that even today people can rise from the dead? In an African village, a magic man (spirit) watched over the village all night. The people who came out of the stores drunk saw a man covered with white sheets. He was so tall that you could not see the person’s head…. They said that after a week, 11 people had been lost in the village and the villagers said that the ghost man had eaten the lost people. They started a campaign to hunt him down, but no one saw the man. After 3 weeks, the lost people began to return to their homes, each in his own way and each for his own reason. Some had left the village to make a living as hustlers in the city. After that, the villagers no longer believed in the ghost man story. But people can wake up from the dead, yes…yes….

Technically, there is a syndrome called “Lazarus Syndrome” that can cause a dead person to wake up or perform actions as if they were alive, such as tearing, folding, or any other action a person can perform. One day I was on Tiktok and found the post of a professional doctor Issa F. Mbashu (on Tiktok) who reported about this syndrome. He said that he had been in the morgue to confirm the death of people, as his profession requires him to do. But he suddenly saw one of the dead wake up and physically look at him face to face. He was stunned until he could do nothing but be surprised. After a few seconds, the dead man fell over. Then the doctor said he went through hours of various treatments to determine whether the man was dead or not. But at the end of the day, he determined that the man had died, as he had before.

After this story, I decided to paint this 40 x 80 cm painting to show the impossibility of these scenarios, but people believe they happen. The raised hand from the grave shows the power of the dead. From left to right it goes from darkness to light (the education that the villagers have received through their history), the fallen cross and the standing cross with only one wood form (XI) eleven people who have left the villages.

Artist: Ochu

100 x 80 cm | Oil on Canvas

OCHU

Seona met Ochu in 2019 in his studio, which was then at Mwenge Market in Dar es Salaam, where many artists and artisans offer their works. They stayed in touch and became friends.

The reference photo was taken by CK Visuals. Ochu and CK are both among the participants of this exhibition now.

Artist: Seona Sommer (reference photo by CK Visuals)

100 x 80 cm | Oil on Canvas

GERTRUDE

The artist found Gertrude on Instagram in 2021 while she was looking for an idea for a submission to an art contest. This painting of Gertrude was created a year later and is not realted to the contest.

The reference photo was taken during the same photo shoot by CK, however. Gertrude and CK are both among the participants of this exhibition now.

Artist: Seona Sommer (reference photo by CK Visuals)

80 x 80 cm | Oil on Canvas

NON SILENCED

Gertrude is a young Tanzanian artist who has made it her mission to advocate for women in her community and empower them with independence and confidence. Coming from a background of domestic violence, she realized growing up that she is not afraid to stand up for women and against violence.

The painting is part of the traveling exhibition “I Am Her Voice”, which shows all winners and some other selected artworks of the juried art competition of the same name organized by BONO Direkthilfe e.V. and Chance Swiss. BONO campaigns for the rights of women and children and rescues many of them from human trafficking, prostitution and other forms of individual situations that involve violence against them. When the painting is sold, the artist donates part of the proceeds to BONO.

The reference photo was taken by CK Visuals. Gertrude and CK are both among the participants of this exhibition now.

Artist: Seona Sommer (reference photo by CK Visuals)

80 x 60 cm | Acrylics on Canvas

THE LOTUS

This piece of art is inspired by the story of my mother who went through many mistreatments in her marriage and had no say because the system didnt allow her to speak against certain things. It rather taught her to endure and give comfort, love and a good foundation to the generation after her.

80 x 60 cm | Acrylics on Canvas

THE BODY

This piece of art speaks on how a womans worth is measured from how much she covers her body.

80 x 60 cm | Mixed Media

UNSAID

This piece speaks of sexual harassment happening in families, limiting the girls to speak up because they fear to ruin the reputation of close people. It is also about not being believed by the people surrounding them and leaving the harassed psysically and psychologically damaged.

89 x 59,4 cm | Ballpoint pen and fabric on paper

UNTITLED

Sometimes problems come as a hungry lion wanting to swallow us down, but if we remain corageous to the end and fight, we’ll get to spread our wings and fly again.

Artist: Annah Nkyalu

Din A3 | ballpoint pen on paper

BLUE QUEEN

This piece is about celebrating and upholding natural beauty of African hair (Afro). It’s actually the concept behind all my other artworks as well.

Artist: Annah Nkyalu

Din A4 | ballpoint pen and fabric color on paper

ONA

There is always more to what the eyes can see. “Ona” means “see” in Swahili.

Artist: Annah Nkyalu

Din A4 | ballpoint pen and fabric color on paper

MNYOOSHO

Mnyoosho is a common Swahili hairstyle. It’s not expensive or complicated, so every Swahili girl has had this style at least once in her lifetime.

Artist: Annah Nkyalu

80 x 60 cm | Photography on Aluminium Dibond

CHILDISH LIFE

A child usually wears swimming goggles to swim or maybe to protect their eyes from sweat. For this boy, it is a pleasure and the best look on the road. An adult would never do anything like this. This tells us that childish life is a limitless life, so we need a childish attitude to realize some dreams in our life.

Artist: CK Visuals

60 x 90 cm | Photography on Aluminium Dibond

EDUCATION OR ANIMAL KEEPING

This photo shows a child who is not going to school but is raising cattle in a national park in Tanzania. This is how many children from Maasai tribes are educated, for taking care of livestock rather than being educated.

Artist: CK Visuals