Soko Risina Musoro

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Zimbabwe Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia is a rare opportunity that allows artists to think entirely new ways about their work. This exhibition is a process to take the narrative of history and memory to another level, to help inform the world the multiple narrative that African landscape has.  Artists functioning in different mediums have an opportunity to interrogate this history and this epic poem by one of African Nationalist who was the first black Lawyer in the then Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. This exhibition will give an opportunity to the artists to project new ideas onto this global stage, as they imagine new possibilities to the world. A world that is marred with rage, uncertainty and hopelessness and yet there is a future to look up to.  Weaker states are getting weaker and stronger states are getting stronger and yet the real global issues are never resolved.

Soko Risina Musoro exhibition at the La Biennale di Venezia speaks to the current histories and the human experience across the globe. However, conflict resolution has become Soko Risina Musoro (The Tale Without a Head) and yet they have been there since time immemorial. Conflicts are a danger to human development and conflicts come in different forms as they affect human development.  This is why the world is in disarray today, hence, the role and function of contemporary art is to bring the dialogue closer to home countries.


Zimbabwe and Africa at large have remained areas of contradictions despite the abundance of natural resources and human capital. Dreams by African Nationalists have remained mere dreams largely without realisation and might one say, it’s not yet uhuru?  Whose history is it? Both colonial and post-colonial histories  have remained a cause of disagreement both in Africa and abroad.  Re visiting the country’s history through the eyes of these artists will provide an opportunity to explore Soko Risina Musoro (The Tale Without a Head) in order to better understand Zimbabwe and its people.

The 5th Zimbabwe Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia 2019 will give this group of artists an opportunity to explore their practices beyond the boundaries. We want to dig deeper and this exhibition will give new opportunities not only for the participating artists but for artists at home too. Creating new ways of thinking about contemporary art is Zimbabwe’s mission.  This will encourage new conversations around community engagement, politics, mass migration, repatriation and what it means to be in the 21st century globally.


Soko Risina Musoro, the epic poem provokes our history and us as people.  Knowledge production through the artist’s voice is unique and diverse and this exhibition brings another perspective from these varied voices. The resilience of Zimbabwean people over the years has shown human courage. Soko Risina Musoro exhibition explores the issues of struggle that sometimes fuel political instability across the continent of Africa. This mind provoking poem by the late liberation hero Herbert Chitepo is still relevant to the 21st Century narratives.

The mass migration from one continent to other continents has remained a thorny issue that has not been resolved. Terrorist attacks across the world have increased and that is another Soko Risina Musoro for the world that is far from being resolved. Landless people in the land of the plenty have remained landless and still swim in poverty in the land of the plenty. The question this mind provoking poem is bringing into the view is, “soko iri richazova nemusoro rinhiko ku mwana wevhu?”(When will this tale have meaning to a child of the soil?). Religious conflicts have increased across the globe causing endless deaths, diseases, environmental degradation and global warming. The state of the world yangova, Soko Risina Musoro (is now a tale without a head). The epic poem assists us to understand the crucial aspect of our current life as we look into the future. Spiritual draught is what we are faced with for we have forgotten that culture can prepare us for the future.