'Redesigning a Woman's Space'


The National Gallery of Zimbabwe  (NGZ) has lined up an exciting exhibition titled “Redesigning a Woman’s Space” as part of International Women’s Day commemorations.

Running under the theme “Balance for Better”, the exhibition — which seeks to examine the gender factor in society — will open on April 4 in Harare. The International Women’s Day is commemorated annually on March 8 but activities meant to promote the day can run throughout the year.

“The theme ‘Balance for Better’ is self-explanatory. If societies embrace equality of the sexes, everything works better.
“If women negotiate a balance in their lives then improvement permeates everything. “If we work on improving working conditions; such as equality in salary and benefits for both sexes, were to be enacted globally, the world would shift into a socio-economic realm that is prosperous,” NGZ publicist Zvikomborero Mandangu said.  

“Redesigning a Woman’s Space speaks to the questioning and interrogation of spaces traditionally relegated to women largely driven by the accident of biology, patriarchy, relegation to the outskirts of dynamic action, subjection and passivity.” 

A Wall of Women titled Sheroes that Inspire will appear as part of this exhibition’s interactive facets. “Originally developed in the previous women’s exhibition, the Video Loop is meant to celebrate women who thematically have had impact on the world throughout time.  
“A jazz dance session, conversations, and sisters Yoga Session will be interfaces for women to connect in a different context in the gallery.

Surrounded by the art, these physical exercises shall be immersed in the creative energy of women and references the need for women to seek for better balance in their lives as they are forced to multi-task, work around the clock and push through glass ceilings in the quest for equality.

“The show interrogates both private and public spaces women inhabit, create, enjoy or resist on their tumultuous journey,” he said.

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