Creating a Climate for Healing

by Chanje Kunda in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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On 26th December 2023 we successfully raised £1,290 with 49 supporters in 49 days

Sub-saharan Africa Creating a Climate for Healing: Context-Based Environmental Actions . Arts & Climate Activism Project in Zambia

by Chanje Kunda in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

What is the Project?

Context-Based Environmental Actions In The Performing Arts

The damage done to our earth and the environment through the exploitation of its resources has an unparalleled adverse effect on the capacity of the earth to keep sustaining our way of living. Collectively, our own healing is parallel to mother earth itself. You have the chance to do something powerful, be part of the solution and support creatives in Africa that are making a difference 

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What Do We Want to Achieve?

'We see our healing as a parallel to Mother Earth itself and are working towards creating a project that focuses on transformation. We want to do activism through art and create the transformation we want to see.

In Spring 2024, Chanje Kunda, a Zambian-born UK based International performance artist (www.chanjekunda.com) will work with a Zambian creative team and : Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre (https://lusakacontemporary.com/)  to create site specific performance for digital media on sites in Zambia that are affected by environmental issues, which will be made into a digital art film featuring voiceover of poetry that calls for change.

Through Kunda’s Track Record of International touring, the aim is to present this high quality digital art exhibition launched in Lusaka in phase 1, then curate an international digital distribution through international arts festivals and venues, alongside online social media campaign to highlight climate issues and prevent further environmental degradation. A public awareness campaign will lobby for change.

Zambia-based Visual artist Serah Chule, will concurrently be working with prominent Zambian artists to curate and produce a group exhibition 'Creating a Climate for Healing' to present internationally to lobby for change, and to highlight climate issues in Sub-Saharan Africa on a global platform. The digital art film and group exhibition will Premiere at LUCAC before being made available for international touring via Kunda's extensive networks from previous international touring. 

Artist Serah Chule  (Left) and Chanje   (right)  

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We will also  set up and resource a fixed term community outreach program for young people in the shanty compounds in collaboration with Chongwe Community Art Gallery. Below is Lusaka Contemporary Arts Centre, where this digital art exhibition will premiere before being available for international distribution.

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Issues we Want to Highlight:

1700124567_1700124564207.pngIn Southern Africa including most recently, North West Zambia, Cobolt mining is fast turning from a miracle metal to a deadly chemical, as toxic dumping is devastating landscapes, polluting water and contaminating crops. As cobalt is radioactive, it is linked to birth defects and is injurious to the health of miners. A further environmental impact of cobalt mining is the hazy air surrounding the mines, full of dust and grit, and  is toxic to breathe.

The solution is reducing the demand for cobalt in the lithium-ion batteries found in electric devices. Perhaps this can be done through the public recycling broken electronics containing cobalt rather than throwing them away, therefore reducing the demand for cobalt mining.  

1700124658_1700124655776.pngThe Copperbelt mining industries have caused acid poisoning of rivers like Kafue which downstream supplies water to Zambia’s capital city. The Kabwe Lead Poisoning (Currently in a class action) is a century-long public health catastrophe caused by mining (www.childrenofkabwe.com). In addition to these, lack of plastic recycling in the country has meant that discarded plastic blights the cities.


Why We Need Funding?

This Crowdfunder is the only way to make this project happen. Despite being a commonwealth country, It's outside the UK so cannot get Arts Council England Funding and the  British Council international funders are not currently open for project funding for most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

We require £25,000 to provide the technology and employ Zambian creatives freelancers, so we can film what is happening on the Continent of Africa and present it digitally back to the countries who are exploiting its resources. Not only Greta Thunberg or global north has something to say.

 Employing Zambian based creatives including  director, art director, sound designer, camera operators and post production specialists, we are creating opportunities for employment and for their work to be shared on an international platform. You can help them to have voice on a global issue. This project  funding will also provide equipment needed to create, edit and exhibit the digital art, market it internationally.  

We will also deliver workshops for young talents in Shanty Compounds. Zambian creatives will be able to tell their own stories to the international community, and to inspire change in mining practices and the procurement of minerals from Africa. Zambian Artists will also have access to the equipment via the gallery for future arts and activism or or cultural  projects

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

Shout out on social media + Thank you from Zambia

You get a shout out on Artists social media post on whatever platform you choose: FB/ Instagram/ Twitter to thank you for your support. Also you will get a direct thank you message with picture from a Zambian artist that will be supported by the project both at the beginning and at the end of the project.

£50 or more

Shout out on social media + Weekly poem to inspire

You will get a shout out on a artist social media on whatever platform you choose: FB/ Instagram/ Twitter. Also you will get a direct Thank you message from a Zambian artist that will be supported by the project. Published poet Chanje Kunda is writing special and exclusive poetry to inspire and uplift on the theme of hope, transformation and joy to be sent to you weekly for 4 weeks. + outcome pictures and messages of final achievements

£100 or more

Gratitude Practice Gift + Behind the Scenes Pics

Mention on social media. You will also get a Gratitude practice gift. Gratitude heals, energises and changes lives. Weekly original exclusive poems and inspiration about why gratitude is so powerful, and how can we incorporate it into our daily lives for happiness. This is our way of showing gratitude to you. You can magnetise more things in life to be grateful for. + throughout the project you will get newsletters and updates of key achievements

£250 or more

Commissioned Poem + Gratitude Practice Gift

Published poet Chanje Kunda will write you a poem on a theme of your choice/ to a person of your choice, hand written in calligraphy and sent to you by post or scanned and sent digitally if you prefer. You will also get a Gratitude practice gift. Gratitude heals, energises and changes lives. Weekly original exclusive poems and inspiration about why gratitude is so powerful, and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives. + key project updates

£500 or more

Commissioned Poem, One Off Photographic Art Print

All of features of the above rewards including a specially commissioned poem for you or your organisation, Gratitude Practice Gift, behind the scenes updates and progress reports on the final impact of the project. plus, we will especially create a one off site specific in Zambia, performance art image print for you, which will be signed.

£1,000 or more

Name/ Logo on Website/ all posts and Distribution

All of the above rewards including a specially commissioned poem for you or your organisation, Gratitude Practice Gift, behind the scenes updates and progress reports on the final impact of the project. Also we will especially create a one off site specific, performance art image for you, which will be signed. Your logo/ or name will be on the website for 1 year, mentioned in all media posts featured in exhibition in Lusaka and globally on tour

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