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“I am an artist of calm, of peace and sensuality,” he said, showing off his sculpture of a woman carrying a child. His work, modern with smooth lines and minimalist detail, evokes movement through the space it carves out.

Other works drew mixed reactions from the crowd, such as a painting by Mavinga Ma N’Kondo Ngwala that depicts a priest reading a pornographic magazine. Next to the priest sits a Bible and a vase with a cross on it.

Another painting by Ngwala depicts a harsh image of life in Congo: three men on a street, one passed out on a table, another haggard and sitting on the ground. A third man bears a blank expression, with a cigarette in his mouth. Nearby, children play with a worn-out soccer ball on a dirt field.

Marang Setshwaelo, who helped set up the exhibition for public relations firm Dreamcatcher, said the firm hopes the show will tour southern African nations and receive support.

“It is a daily struggle at the hospital and every bit helps,” she said.

In Johannesburg, the show will continue through April 8 at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Houston Maludi’s work in black and white presents a puzzle. From afar, one piece shows a simple image of two figures.

But look closer, and within the lines and shades are violent images of guns, and words such as “insecurite” and “U.N.

Papy Malambu Dibandi’s work represents working men, though his painting is absent of women. He said his work shows that men should serve others.

“My work is about responsibility,” he said, putting his hand to his heart. “In the man, there is the woman.”