Blood Relatives at the Gallery

THE National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Harare has set November 13 as the submission deadline for the 41st cycle of the Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition, which will open on December 13, 2018 and run until February 11, 2019.


NGZ said in a statement the annual art exhibition will run under the theme, Blood Relatives, and will feature new artworks from emerging and reputable artistes from Zimbabwe and the diaspora.

NGZ chief curator Raphael Chikukwa said the exhibition will focus on blood relationship as a way of interrogating the nose-diving relationships shifting from the cultural way people related to each other due to new technology.

He said this year’s theme was meant to stimulate the best re-interpretation of blood relatives in the fast-changing world through a diverse range of media techniques.

“Blood Relatives is an intensive examination of social capital and how it has been lost or reclaimed in this heavily globalised habitat and will investigate the implosion of the family structure, violation of the individual at the hand of shifts in global philosophy,” he said.

The Federal Annual Exhibition was established in 1958 and has gone through several cycles. After 1963, it was renamed the National Annual Exhibition following the dismantling of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

The exhibition ran consecutively until 1973 with the departure of the NGZ’s first director, Frank McEwen, then under subsequent directors until 1986 when it was branded Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition.

It later changed its format to the Zimbabwe Heritage Biennale, under the burden of economic challenges, before taking a break after 2004. It was however revisited in 2009 as the Live n’ Direct Exhibition and finally reclaimed its annual format as from 2014.

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