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Artist Spotlight: Irham Jaruph

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This week’s Artist spotlight focuses on Irham Jaruph. She currently lives in Bagamoyo, but was born and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was one of our Artists in Residence this year, and was also one of the winners of the 2016 Spanish Art Competition “Don Quixote: A Spanish Myth through Tanzanian Eyes”, which we partnered with the Embassy of Spain in Tanzania. She was also an Artist in Residence at Gibbs Farm in Karatu and has shown her work at exhibitions in Bagamoyo and Nyumba ya Sanaa in Dar es Salaam.

Through her artwork, Irham aims to find out the problems facing society especially children and learn how to solve them. She expresses her many thoughts on these issues by working with different art mediums such as clay, wood carving, metal work and painting. Besides creating artwork, she is the main director of the Bagamoyo Young Artist Centre, a non-profit organization that creates space for children to practice art outside school.

Irham describes her work in her own words: “I strive to promote positive social changes in the lives of youth and use my work to show how art rooted in Tanzanian culture can empower, and be used for economic sustainability. My work is not only a critical eye on society, my works are also my social statements of freedom, beauty, empathy, and hope.”

Her beautiful and poignant artworks can be seen on weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm at Nafasi Art Space, and are currently up for sale. For more information email us at: info@nafasiartspace.org