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bovu island


Studio Verde is curating Artist in Residence programs on Bovu Island, located along the Zambezi River, Zambia. Through these programs, artists can collaborate with professionals across diverse scientific fields and work with local experts from Lizaze village and its surroundings. Our aim is to provide participants with invaluable insights and a space where they can gain a deeper understanding of interdisciplinary connections, supporting innovative thinking and inspiring creative solutions for complex societal and environmental challenges.

bovu island

Bovu Island, situated within the Zambezi River ecosystem, serves as a fascinating wild habitat offering insights into aquatic habitats and ecological dynamics. Positioned amidst the Zambezi's waterways, Bovu Island showcases a diverse array of flora and fauna within its riverine environment. Its ecological significance lies in its role as a microcosm of the Zambezi's intricate ecosystem, exhibiting a diverse mix of biodiversity and ecological interactions.



Bovu Island stands as not just an ecological gem but also a place intertwined with the lives and traditions of local communities along the Zambezi River.


Thus, Bovu Island represents a convergence point where scientific and creative exploration of the ecosystem converges with the preservation of indigenous knowledge, traditions, and the cultural identity of the communities inhabiting the Zambezi River basin.



These programs bring together a diverse and collaborative community of international and local artists, designers, conservation experts, scientists and community members. Through interactions with fellow artists from a diverse range of practices,  and collaboration with the local community, participants will be encouraged to think critically about their role in addressing environmental and social issues. The program will challenge artists to explore new perspectives, push their artistic boundaries, and develop projects with a lasting impact.


Themes for the residency programs could include botanical exploration and ethnobotany, water and river conservation, sustainable art practices, climate change resilience, and wildlife conservation. Artists will be encouraged to draw inspiration from the region's rich cultural heritage and ecological diversity, developing projects that contribute to the preservation of indigenous knowledge and the development of innovative sustainable solutions.




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