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Engagement affair at National Gallery

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THE National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) and European Union will on May 9 celebrate Europe Day by showcasing an arts exhibition by young artists themed “Engaging with the Other”.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda

The young artists’ exhibition would be curated by Tandazani Dhlakama with the aim of encouraging engagement among and between artists.

“Such dialogue should help creative cross-pollination of ideas that strengthen societies. It can encourage the celebration of diversity among us, thus fostering peace and unity,” said NGZ executive director Doreen Sibanda.

She said a video artwork would be screened and one of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated bands, Mokoomba, would perform at the opening of the exhibition at the gallery.
Sibanda added that at the opening, prizes would be handed over to the two artists who would have interpreted the theme in the most thought-provoking and innovative way.

“All viewers of this exhibition are invited to open their minds to engage with ‘the other’, without fear and without prejudice. Communication and dialogue facilitate understanding the ‘other’, interacting with her or him, and ultimately accepting the other in her or his difference,” said the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia.

He said they were proud to be supporting such an exciting initiative.
Sixteen artists will be showcasing their work and these include Killean Danes, Kombo Chapfika, Tendai Maradze, Davina Jogi, Rodney Murungweni, Nonhlatha Mathe, Melania Chisango, Gina Maxim, Gideon Gomo, Rudo Zijena, Nqobizitha Mlilo, Eva Raath, Anthony Chidyamatiyo, Tatenda Gomo and Elliot Beattie.

“The artists chosen for this show are both young and dynamic, they use different upbeat and unconventional methods to express themselves visually through installation, photography, animation, video art in addition to painting and sculpture,” said Sibanda.

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