Photographic exhibition returns with a bang

HARARE - Gwanza, Zimbabwe’s leading annual photographic showcase, will hold its thirteenth edition at multiple venues across the city of Harare.

The photographic exhibition which runs from August 19 to September 19 under the theme, “Moonwalking” will feature 60 photographers from Zimbabwe and the continent.

Participating photographers in the month- long exhibition include Walter Fernandes (Angola), Sammy Baloji (DRC), Mauro Pinto (Mozambique) Andrew Tshabangu (South Africa) Neo Ntsoma( South Africa),Mwanzo Mwalinga (Tanzania), Felix Masi (Kenya,) and Cynthia Matonhodze (Zimbabwe).

“Artists were invited to submit an alternative reality through lens-based media that moves beyond what has been dubbed Afro-pessimistic or clichéd images, which perpetuate a one-dimensional view of the continent. And instead capture images that shift the perspective of the viewer by transforming the mundane into something magical,” said Dana Whabira, curator of the show and artistic director of Njelele Art Station.

Whabira added that this year’s exhibition will showcase photographic works that offer an alternative view of Harare in particular, and the continent in general.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to promote our fantastic photography, beautiful spaces and incredible city to the world. The exhibition seeks to challenge, delight, educate and illuminate.”

The aim is to engage the general public by intervening in their daily routine through the display of photographic works in internal spaces where they spend periods of time waiting in the city centre. Contemporary photographic works will enliven the spaces and enhance an attractive, creative and inspiring environment for both staff and visitors.

“We are taking the show to the people, right in front of them because many people do not go to galleries and never dream of going into exhibitions,” said Calvin Dondo, founder and director of Gwanza Arts, which manages the exhibition.

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