Lost and Found

Running from  February to April 2018

Curated by Raphael Chikukwa

Zimbabwe is highly famed for its gallant legacy of resilience stemming from the contentious and turbulent history largely framed in terms of strained race

relations and contested narratives of being and belonging.  Lost and Found:  Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope Exhibition provide a platform for Zimbabwean artists to reflect and interrogate the social and economic fabric in the country in light of its most recent political transition.

Zimbabwean people in the last two decades lost their hope and expectations. Their uncertainty and excitement that manifested on the 18th of November 2017 marked a turning point and became a perfect time to reflect and interrogate what being Zimbabwean truly means. Therefore, this experience led to the conceptualisation of the Lost and Found:  Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope Exhibition.  

The 18th of November 2017 has given hope to many Zimbabweans both at home and abroad.  The Lost and Found:  Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope Exhibition seeks to reaffirm the position of the artist as the primary storyteller, using different media and in this exhibition their voices are heard. Such images confront the traumas that have beset Zimbabwe over the years and is an engagement with the recent past.

All the images document an event in which the culmination of various agendas collided on that day, and produced a historic moment, which captured not only formally by artists; but also by amateur photographers, well-wishers, and the general crowd. It was unexpected and brought a new glimpse of hope for the healing of the nation and for moving forward.  Artworks displayed question ingrained history and engender new narratives based on memories and experiences of a restored legacy worth cherishing.

Lost and Found: Resilience, Uncertainty, Expectations, Excitement and Hope means to memorialise the events that changed the face of power and the political landscape. The experience that forged Zimbabwe’s new political and social order presents artists an opportunity to revisit and reflect upon the journey that many Zimbabweans have walked. The past 37 years showed the resilience of Zimbabweans and the new era brings excitement and hope.

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