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    A Church visit with one student, delivering a logo

    July 9, 2010 // No Comments »

    One of my students designed a logo for his church in one of the projects this semester. Now he finished the logo and asked me to come along to his church to present and give away the logo.

    So last Sunday I went there and met his youth group. Very nice group of young people. Begildo presented the logo and the visual identity manual in a slide show. Then the group discussed and brought up questions. Why this color? Why are there three smiling faces? How to use the logo on a red t-shirt… Begildo had most of the answers ready. The group were happy and grateful to have  the logo. The priest came after the presentation so he got an extra short presentation and held a little speech.

    I think Begildo did a nice job. He manages to use the main letters SA, Sociedade de Alegria (society of joy) in a happy and joyful way. Blue is the color of heaven and the three faces are a symbol of a society/group of people.

    Then I went to Begildos home to visit his family. There I was served a nice lunch and Begildo showed me nice artwork he is doing at home.


    Posted in Soley life in Maputo, Soley work in ENAV

    Great news: Recycling in Maputo!

    June 3, 2010 // No Comments »

    One of the difficult things of moving from Oslo to Maputo was changing the ‘garbage habits’… In Oslo we separated all our garbage and took to recycling station close by. We even had a separate bin for paper in front of our building. Separating and recycling garbage also effected our consumption. Separating the garbage makes one more aware of the amount of it and when it takes an effort to throw you also think about buying less and collecting less garbage. Our criteria for selecting products were among other things, if it could be recycled and the less packaging the better. We had the policy of leaving the packaging garbage in the store, only taking the product itself home (hoping the store would push the producer to reduce packaging).

    It is great that this option is now available in Maputo. AMOR; Associação MOcambicana de Reciclagem has opened three recycling stations. First task is to organize more garbage bins at home and get the trip to the recycling station into the busy everyday life! I will start today. Lets all do that!

    Here below is the announcement from AMOR and a map of the location:
    Caros residentes de Maputo,

    A Associação Moçambicana de Reciclagem (AMOR) vem por este meio informar da abertura de tres “eco-pontos” na cidade onde podem deixar o vosso lixo seleccionado em sacos (de segunda a sexta das 8h as 16h). A AMOR recolha todos resíduos como papeis, papelão, plásticos, latas, garrafas de vidro e e-waste.
    Os resíduos serão pago por kilo consoante o tipo de produto. Em breve, sera organizado uma recolha gratuita dos seus recicláveis nos perímetros dos “eco-pontos”. Os “eco-pontos” sao contentores verde nas zonas de Coop, Museu e Baixa.

    Dear Maputo residents,

    The Mozambican Recycling Association (AMOR) is please to inform you the opening of three “eco-points” in the city where you can deposit your selected waste in bags (monday to friday from 8am to 4pm). The AMOR collects all residues like paper, cardboard, plastic, cans, glass bottles and e-waste.
    All waste will be paid per kilo regarding its category. Shortly, we will put in place a free collection within the perimeter of the “eco-points”. The “eco-points” are green container in the areas of Coop, Museu and Baixa.
    A.MO.R. (Associação MOcambicana de Reciclagem).
    Stephane Temperman; Presidente, +258 84 46 177 64.
    Antoine Bossel; Vice-presidente, + 258 82 30 399 11
    6865, Julius Nyerere, Hulene, Maputo, Moçambique.
    More details:

    Prices for material delivered to the “eco-point”:

    paper categories:
    white paper = 0.75 Mt per kg
    other paper (newsprint, magazine, dead-archives) = 0.3 Mt per kg
    Must be packed in bags.

    oil cans, drinking cans, sprays, food cans, paint cans = 0.75 Mt per kg
    Must be packed in bags.

    Plastic bottles, buckets, plastic bags, chairs, soap bottle, … = 1.2 Mt per kg
    plastics must be free of fiber, and packed in bags.

    Any kind of cardboard = 0.3 Mt per kg
    must be stacked in bales


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    Rejão painting in Dansarte

    May 28, 2010 // No Comments »

    Rejão was asked to decorate the recidence house in a new art venue in Matola called Dansarte. Maria Helena Pinto is constructing an exiting site there with a theater, cyber cafe, swimming pool, beautiful garden and houses for artists in recidency.

    Maria saw Rejão´s illustration here below (Chorando pela Futura) on Facebook. She liked the style and contacted Rejão to ask him to illustrate there. It is an exiting project for Rejão and it looks like it will be a really nice peace of art.

    Here is Dori´s blog about our visit to Dansarte.


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG, Soley life in Maputo, Soley work in ENAV

    Gilles & Cecilie visiting Maputo

    May 27, 2010 // No Comments »

    When it was clear we would go to Mozambique to teach design, many of our friends, designers and artists, wanted to contribute by coming and having workshops or participate in some way. It is of course expensive and a long journey so it easier to say than do. Gilles & Cecilie said would come and they came!

    They arrived 14th of May and stayed until the 26th. It has been great, they have made a beautiful painting in Dansarte, an art venue that is being built in Matola by Maria Helena. Me and Dori were in the ‘painting crew’ and helped out with the fillings, which was quite a nice change from the everyday computer and city work.

    Gilles & Cecilie in Matola

    The first plan was that they would do a workshop with my students in ENAV but then we decided that their experience would fit perfectly to the Mural (wall painting) project that was on in ISAC. They have been doing wall paintings all over the world for many years and have an experience that could have been interesting for the students in ISAC. Mozambique has a tradition of wall painting and it looked promising to see the outcome of this mixture. The plan was to paint four walls, three by student groups and one by Gilles & Cecilie.

    Unfortunately some thing went wrong with formalities so their participation in ISAC was cancelled. Instead they made a great wall painting in Dansarte in Matola. We had gone there to visit Rejão, my student, that is doing a wall painting on the recidence house there. From Wednesday until the last day Gilles & Cecilie went there with Dori to paint and I went along when I was not teaching.

    The people there are great and the fantastic restaurant Tubiakanga is very close. There they have very nice chicken and pork, potatos and Preta! We really recommend everyone to visit Tubiakanga.

    We went for the last day yesterday so they could finish off some last strokes and say goodbuy to Paulo the guard and the people working in Dansarte and of course have the last Preta in Tubiakanga.

    Gilles & Cecilie, thank you for visiting Maputo!

    Here is a link to Dori’s blog about the project.


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG, Soley life in Maputo, Soley work in ENAV

    Kristine and Soley 65 years old together

    November 2, 2009 // No Comments »


    I had birthday the 21st of october and Kristine the 28th, so we decided to celebrate the 65 years together (36+29). This idea of joining the years is not known here and our friends here did not get the idea.. who was getting 65, which of us was 65? how was that possible?

    We had all kinds of ideas; camping on the beach in Catembe and party all night around a fire, reclaim an old and dirty house in Jardim Tunduro by getting our friends to help cleaning, fixing and painting it and then have a party, renting some place like the scandinavian school, Casa Velha or Casa Makamo. Ideas can be good but to complex to execute so the easiest way was to rent a place in Maputo where the food would be made and served.

    The cheapest and the nicest place like that was Casa Makamo. We had a deal of a party for 50 people, dinner served but people should bring drinks. It was hard, we had a guest list with around 80 people so we had to cut and cut of the list.

    The birthday was from 15.00 – 00.00. The wether was beautiful and great to be able to begin the party in daylight and sun. The mozambicans are not really punctual so we discussed back and forth how to get them to show up so early… even if a party starts early it is common that people show up around eight or nine in the evening. We put up a program with a welcome drink at 15.00… alcohol is always tempting… and then there was a surprise at 16.00 and food at 17.00, then at least people would show up at five to eat.

    We were late and in a stress finishing the letter that each guest should get when arriving, a description of a game that they would participate in. The problem with norwegians and swedes is the opposite of the mozambicans; they come exactly on time! So there is no buffer to finish of the last things!! :)

    Of course the program was delayed, the game was postponed until after the dinner which was just delayed for half an hour, people were hungry! The food was great and we can praise Casa Macamo for that and recommend their service.

    After dinner the game started. People were told to open their letters. There they could read about the game; Who has got talent in Maputo?! and in wich group they were. People were divided into groups of painting, music, dance, drama, installation and free method and should create an artwork about Culture Crash and present later on. They had to find the others in their group and had half an hour to finish. Everyone went into groups and started working on ideas, it was great to watch how enthusiastic the groups were and people seemed to enjoy it.

    Afterwards the desert was served and the jury took it’s seat. The jury was a serious bunch; Dori, Andri, Vintany, Hallgrímur and his friend and the head waitress of the evening. I realized when the jury sat down that there were only male and that should never be allowed. Everyone had taken part in the game and me and Kristine wanted to be impartial so we forced one lady of the catering gang to join the jury!

    The winners of the night were the drama group. They set up a play which compared a mozambican shapa (minibus) and a european bus. A great performance.

    Then there was dancing of course. Mozambican people know how to party! It is really not possible to have a boring party here. They are the best dancers I have met, everyone here knows how to dance and  the energy is amazing. I really love this culture and the people here.

    We were very happy with the party! Thank you all our great friends for coming and making it such a nice day.


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    Bantuart – New association of contemporary art in Mozambique

    October 4, 2009 // No Comments »


    A group of students in ENAV are establishing Bantuart; association of contemporary art. Their focus is contemporary art and social intervention. The website is in the making and the first meetings they have had the last few weeks have been about defining what they are about and the more practical bureaucratic issues. Now they want to work on their first project. The video shows discussions of the Bantuart members about the first project they want to work on.

    The project will be a performance about global warming. They are defining the project description, goals and aims to look for a support to buy materials and make the work possible.


    Posted in Soley life in Maputo, Soley work in ENAV

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