Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions (DAI) are showcasing yet another milestone fine art print exhibition which was officially opened on May 26 at their centre at Snake Park.
This area is located in natural scenery of interlocking huge trees shading enormous granite rocks’ making it a serene and favourable location for the exhibition.
The 2011 edition of this annual print show has been dubbed Zviro Zviedzwa, a Shona idiom that means “exploration is a necessity”.
It is a theme artists seem to have tackled with so much ease as it was very open to creativity and expression.
Supported by the Austrian Embassy DAI is an artists’ resource centre that has been promoting print art for a long time. The centre has collaborated with Triangle Arts’ Batapata International Artists’ Workshop for some years to host a two-week card-print workshop annually.
The exhibition will see 21 magnificent artists that include Gareth Nyandoro, Mavis Tauzeni, Franklyn Dzingai, Anusa Salanje, Portia Zvavahera, Virginia Chihota, Mercy Moyo, and Richard Witikani to mention a few, with a galore of amazing techniques in artworks up the walls.
The exhibition was officially opened by Derek Huggins, the co-director of Gallery Delta Foundation for art and the humanities. Also present were renowned print-maker, Helen Lieros, and officials from the Embassy of Austria in Zimbabwe.
Huggins highly commended the centre’s efforts and the visual artists exhibiting.
Speaking at the launch Huggins said: “This is a critical opportunity for visual artists to interact, explore technical possibilities and network as they endeavour to promote the growth and development of the arts.”
“These exhibitions always open up avenues for us to collaborate in the future and we assure these artists of our never-ending support in artistic endeavours.”
The exhibition is testimony to the significance the Austrian diplomatic mission to Zimbabwe attaches to cultural expressions in the country.
The leadership of excellence by DAI’s coordinators Madzisekuru Romeo Sabawu, Jonathan Dube and their dedicated young team of rising artists, has seen the quality of exhibitions and other activities growing.
To date DAI has organised a number of mentorship workshops, numerous outreach and artist-in-residence programmes and art exhibitions.
“This against a backdrop of various challenges the country’s artists are enduring such as lack of exposure to various media, work materials, appropriate tools and equipment, working spaces and a market for their products amongst others.”
“DAI intends to hold a month of printmaking exhibition and competition, where prizes are to be awarded, an incentive for taking up printmaking seriously and as a source of livelihood.
“DAI shall also continue to look for opportunities to showcase products from their art workshops, exhibitions and artist-in-residence programmes anywhere else possible, even beyond borders, to reach a wider and diverse audience and market for the artists,” said the curators of the exhibition.