Zim visual artists for Hong Kong exhibition

VISUAL artists, Tafadzwa Gwetai, Anthony Bumhira and Franklyn Dzingai’s artworks will be showcased at the Bridges Art Exhibition in Hong Kong scheduled to run from tomorrow until mid-September.


Tafadzwa Gwetai
Tafadzwa Gwetai

The two month-long exhibition is a collaborative effort between Mwimbi Fine Art Gallery founded by Hong Kong-based Zimbabwean curator, Lee Garakara and Lucie Cheng Fine Art Gallery, and supported by Leap Initiative Philanthropies.

Garakara, who is also the Mwimbi Fine Art Gallery curator, told NewsDay from Hong Kong that the exhibition was meant to provide Zimbabwean artists with a platform to showcase their talent in the diaspora.

“The Bridges, a group art exhibition, will feature three artists from Zimbabwe,” he said.

“As Western concepts are challenged and interrogated, these artworks give viewers a small window and opportunity for conversation and dialogue, thus, African narratives told by Africans.”

Garakara said he sought to explore the elusive link between contemporary and African art to a wider audience.

“At Mwimbi Fine Art Gallery, we seek to showcase contemporary African art through collaborations with industry professionals and institutions by forging cross cultural ties between Africa and Asia,” he said.

The Kwekwe-bred Dzingai specialises in print-making and prefers using cardboard for printing relief.

“In my work, I specialise in drawing and print-making,” he said.

“I enjoy the spontaneity of drawing, while print-making challenges me to work with the economy of means.

“I concentrate on essentials so that I can evaluate a concept and its alternative solutions.

“My preferred technique is card print, because it enables me to incorporate different textures, effects and backgrounds and allows me some flexibility for variation during the stages of the printing process.”

Gwetai has been involved in the arts for over a decade and participated in several local and international exhibitions, while Bumhira has exhibited in group shows in Zimbabwe and abroad.

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