Zim artists Italy-bound

HARARE - The National Art Gallery and the Commissioner for the Zimbabwe Pavillion on Monday announced the three representatives to the 56th International Art exhibition in Venice, Italy.

La Biennale di Venezia is an international art expo that introduces new works of art from international artistes every two years.

Chikonzero Chazunguza, Masimba Hwati and Gareth Nyandoro will be part of other artists from 53 countries to participate at the exhibition which runs from May 9 to November 22 and will take place at various locations around the city of Venice.

This year’s Zimbabwe Pavillion will run under the theme Pixels of Ubuntu/Unhu — Exploring the social and cultural identities of the 21st Century.

Speaking at a press conference to present the three artists minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Andrew Langa said it was a great opportunity for Zimbabwean artists to showcase their talent.

Langa said it would give them the required exposure while also providing a learning experience for the three.

“The theme Pixels of Ubuntu refers to nuggets and treasures of Zimbabwe’s expressions of Ubuntu. It picks on the significance of Ubuntu in the process of reclaiming African identity and through making a statement of the future of African culture and its development in the face of globalisation,” he said.

Commissioner of the Pavilion Doreen Sibanda said they did not just pick any individual but wanted to provide quality at the exhibition.

She said that though there are no Zimbabwean female representations, women artists are still representing the country at international galleries.

“We wanted to keep the focus on the readiness of the artists to compete at such an international stage hence the need to look at the quality of the artist’s work,” she said.

Chazunguza’s Everyday People” encompasses the heroes of the independence struggle and looks at how Zimbabwe has moved away from the past.

Nyandoro’s work looks at how the faceless urban landcape shapes and redefines Africa while Hwati questions Ubuntu in the 21st Century and how cultural space has been invaded by technology.

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