A SHARED HUMANITY
Writer Jesse Gerard Mpango spoke with artist Lazaro Samuel, whose work has so often been linked with empathy.
Lazaro Samuel‘s art is capable of these things; more so now than ever. His most ambitious work Sekunde (Seconds) is a sixty piece display that is part of ON THE CUSP, a young artist exhibition at South Africa’s Stellenbosch Triennale that opened in February. The Triennale, like so many events, has been forced to close due to COVID-19 and we meet on the day of this news, two days after Nafasi Art Space, the centre in Dar-es-salaam where Lazaro works, has also decided to scale down operations. A subdued atmosphere renders much of what we are due to speak of moot. But adjustments to the current mood rebound as Lazaro warmly but firmly declines wistfulness.