Visual artists exhibit in Paris

A group of young Zimbabwean contemporary artists is making waves in Paris, France, where their art has reportedly attracted immense popularity.

The artists went to Paris through a programme initiated by the First Floor Gallery team. The gallery, which is in the city centre in Harare, is run by arts promoter Marcus Gora.

Gora told NewsDay on Tuesday that an arts exhibition has already been put up in Paris.

The exhibition features the works of five young artists, Moffat Takadiwa, Zachariah Magasa, Wycleff Mundopa, Brian Banda and Terrence Musekiwa.

“The plans for the exhibition have developed over the past year, by the young artists working together with the support of Paris-based arts critic and educator Valerie Kabov, who has also been the First Floor Gallery Harare senior advisor and mentor since its inception in 2009,” said Gora.

“The dream is to bring to European audiences a truly contemporary and dynamic vision of Zimbabwe and to broaden the audiences and support for emerging Zimbabwean art internationally”.

The works of the visual artists are on exhibition at the Pavé d’Orsay Art Gallery.

“The vibrant artists are also challenging the attitudes of audiences and their peers in Paris with their fresh and inspiring ideas,” said Gora.

He said at the launch of the exhibition, guests were entertained by veteran musician, Busi Ncube who travelled all the way from Oslo in Norway.

Gora said his gallery was thrilled to find in Paris “a truly multi-cultural community of friends and supporters for the artists and the artwork in the exhibition”.

He said visitors came from Russia, Hungary, America, Brazil, Israel, Croatia and Germany.

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