Zenzele Chulu, Schematic Tantrum (fragment)
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Zambian painter's battle to save ancient rock art

A Zambian painter, Zenzele Chulu, has made it his mission to save the ancient rock art found in several parts of his country.

This kind of figurative art, which dates back many thousands of years, is called schematic because it represents basic outlines of figures through abstract symbols.

"The danger is that they are so vulnerable to vandalism and other kinds of elements that are destroying the heritage," Mr Chulu told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

"So I took it upon myself, as an individual, to bring this awareness through my work," he added.

To do so he has started including rock art symbols in his own paintings, like the one partially shown above, from the series Schematic Tantrums.

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  • 08 Dec 2011
  • From the section Africa