The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in partnership with the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) will this year present an exhibition titled Beyond Borders curated by Raphael Chikukwa assisted by Thomas Pasirayi.
The exhibition will be held during this year’s Hifa, which runs from April 26 to May 1.
The gallery’s curatorial team has chosen the title Beyond Borders with the aim of evaluating development and challenges in contemporary art practice in East and Southern Africa.
Chikukwa said the exhibition sought to examine African borders in post-colonial period which have remained contentious with many leaders talking about African renaissance, culture and unity.
He said the African identity had remained an issue in many parts of the continent.
“Recent events in South Africa, Kenya and other parts of the region cannot go without notice. Artists interrogate in their work the dream by first African nationalists such as Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Thomas Sankara, Steve Biko and Kenneth Kaunda,” said Chikukwa.
He said migration between African countries has been a common practice since time immemorial and the need to celebrate these inter-nation relations had been long overdue.
Chikukwa said the role of the artist was to stand as a mediator and create a platform for dialogue.
“Zimbabwe places itself as a centre and platform for dialogue through this exhibition,” he said.
He said the exhibition would run concurrently with a programme called Harare Conversation, which would place curators and artists in dialogue to interrogate the current arts discourse in Africa.