The National Gallery of Zimbabwe will on Thursday officially open an exhibition titled “Hope and Despair”, a visual narrative from nine emerging Zimbabwean voices overseen by Raphael Chikukwa, the gallery’s curator.
The exhibition examines a unique view of the visual development of Zimbabwean contemporary life, through the eyes of these emerging voices and each of these works makes its own visual argument.
“The exhibition features works from Calvin Chimutuwa, Muthabisi Pili,Tafadzwa Gwetai, Portia Zvavahera, Mercy Moyo, Richard Mudariki, Warren Mapondera, Zacharia Mukwira and Virginia Chihota, who are all artists,” said Chikukwa.
He said the “Hope and Despair” exhibition would take a fresh approach by challenging the viewer to make new connections, which would lead to an understanding of the visual arts landscape in the country.
Chikukwa said the works on show also examined the Zimbabwean contemporary art dialogue within a broader international discourse.
“In the past ten years, the country has gone through hope and despair but the resilience from both artists and the Zimbabwean community cannot go without comment,” he said.
He said the exhibition presented a range of techniques, style and narrative that captured some of the moments the country had gone through.
Chikukwa said the National Gallery of Zimbabwe was pleased to be presenting the show, giving a platform to the emerging voices to showcase their work.
“It is in our interest to show these amazing talents who are leaders in their fields dedicated to creative life, despite the isolation. In short I can say great art and artists need endless attention and support,” he said.
He said the selection of exhibitors had not been limited to Harare alone, but was open to artists across the country and as a curator he had also looked at the type of works between figurative and abstract, a choice that highlighted the gap between many art forms.
He said the display would take the audience on a journey through some of the experiences of the artists.
“Emerging artists like Virginia Chihota, Richard Mudariki, Tafadzwa Gwetai and Muthabisi Pili show the direction of what Zimbabwean art will like be in a few years to come,” said Chikukwa.