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Lost & Found:  Resilience, Uncertainty, Expectations, Excitement and Hope

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Harare, 5 August 2018- After a heavily lauded run at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Bulawayo; the Lost & Found: Resilience, Uncertainty,

Expectations, Excitement and Hope exhibition pulled heartstrings amongst the people of the Republic and outside it for its historiographic detail of the momentous events of Operation Restore Legacy. Events dated from the 18th of November 2017 captured an important place in the history of the country; the photographer’s role in captioning history came to the fore by harnessing the fleeting moment and telling a story that transcends religious, social and economic lines. The exhibition at the 2018 FNB Johannesburg Art Fair will feature five artists whose works captured the most powerful aspects of the Operation Restore Legacy ordeal.  


Davina Jogi is a Zimbabwean documentary photographer, currently working between Zimbabwe and Australia, who focuses on social justice issues. She studied photojournalism at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg and is a director of the Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers. She believes that, especially in the part of the world she comes from, the role of a journalist is as a storyteller and advocate and she strives to make images that are as informative as they are visually appealing. Her work can be seen at www.davinajogi.com

Charmaine Chitate is a multimedia designer, communication consultant and photojournalist based in Harare and presently pursuing a BA in Communication Science with the University of South Africa (UNISA). Over the past twelve years, she has been evolving from a creative design and multimedia production resource to pursue communication with a creative influence.
Chitate states that the first words she ever learnt was “What happened?” and as she grew up and joined the workforce, she not only wanted to know what happened; she wanted to see what happened and be in a position to show her peers “What happened?”. Chitate is an accredited photo-journalist with a passion for sports and motion.

Zinyange Auntony, an independent multimedia journalist and documentary photographer from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He has a special interest in documentary work that draws attention to under-reported stories on human rights, social justice and environmental issues in Africa.
Zinyange trained at Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa where he completed a course in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2014. In 2016, he was selected to participate in the first World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Zinyange showed Profile Pic/Alter Ego for the House Of Menka at National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. He also exhibited in A Common Heritage for Humanity for the Intwasa Arts Festival (2013) at the National Gallery in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In 2011 Zinyange exhibited Pimp My Kombi for the Gwanza Month of Photography at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare.

Ralph Chikambi, a freelance photographer conversant with different types of photography that includes documentary, corporate, commercial, portrait & street photography. Loves documenting everyday life through the lens. Chikambi has an interest in all things historical. Feats, follies and glories of time gone. His work as a photojournalist is his means of recording- while being mindful not to interrupt, documenting history as it unfolds. He assumes the role as the keen recorder who should be alert and close to the center of events and at close quarters with the principal actors.


Jekesai Njikizana has always been drawn to the pictures bound at the center pages of history books as their power ignited a curiosity within him with regards to the major players of these historical outcomes. He always wondered about the circumstances of the people behind the camera. What they were doing whilst others were shaping history and if they knew at the time that they were witnesses to history?

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe will be present at the FNB Johannesburg Art Fair with the intention to share these compelling artworks with an audience from all walks of life. The entire reason of the exhibition is to create dialogue and introspection regarding the role of the artist in the documentation of society and politics.

About the Co-curators

Raphael Chikukwa
Raphael Chikukwa was born in Zimbabwe and worked mainly as an independent curator for many years before joining the National Gallery of Zimbabwe mid 2010 as its Chief Curator. He is the founding Zimbabwe Pavilion curator in 2010 - 2011 and curated the 1st and 2nd Zimbabwe Pavilion in 2011 and 2013 at the 54th and 55th Venice Biennale respectively. Chikukwa recently curated Basket Case II, a travelling exhibition. He has taken part in a number of Forums that include, ICI Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa 2014, Future Generation Art Prize Committee 2014 and Johannesburg Art Fair 2013 (SA). Chikukwa is also the founding coordinator of the 1st Zimbabwe Curatorial Workshop and Forum and has also contributed to number of journals and catalogues that include, African Identities Journal, Savvy, and Art South Africa etc. He is a 2006 - 2007 Chevening Scholar and holds an MA Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University London.

Valerie Sithole
 
Valerie Sithole was born in Bulawayo in 1989 and grew up in a small mining town called Hwange for most of her childhood. She did her high school in Bulawayo.  Sithole obtained a National Certificate at the Polytechnic College Institute of Art and Design, Bulawayo (2009). She furthered her studies in Fine Art at the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa where she majored in Printmaking (2010-2013) and holds a BTech in Fine Art. She practiced in studio at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo that she shared with Dumisani Ndlovu in 2014. She lives and works in Harare. Sithole was selected to administer the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 57th Edition of the Venice Biennale in Italy in 2017, she is currently the Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare.

 
ABOUT THE FNB JOHANNESBURG ART FAIR

Fixed as one of Africa’s leading Art Fairs, the FNB Joburg Art Fair centers its lens on art from the Continent and its diaspora. This eleventh edition of the fair cements the Fair’s prominence by continuously presenting Africa’s finest Contemporary Art through offering platforms for events, incisive exhibitions and initiatives that evoke the African creative spirit.
Special features of the Fair include a series of curated Special Projects, a VIP Programme hosting top international curators and directors from institutions like Tate Modern, the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and Performa as well as a Talks Programme that invites art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists to deliver key-note lectures and participate in panel discussions. The 2018 Fair will also see the eighth edition of the FNB Art Prize.
The FNB JoburgArtFair welcomes local and international galleries and in particular those that have an interest or link to African Contemporary Art to apply. The 2018 selection committee is made up of Joost Bosland (Stevenson), Jonathan Garnham (blank projects), Monna Mokoena, (Gallery MOMO), Baylon Sandri (SMAC Gallery) and Rakeb Sile (Addis Fine Art) and is chaired in a non-voting capacity by FNB JoburgArtFair Curator Amy Ellenbogen.

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