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Will the sun rise and shine again post COVID-19?

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Enoch “Knox” Chimbetete


Fashion Lockdown
Art is a vehicle of expression and a social mouthpiece worldwide.
When the artistic realm is affected by global events the world loses its voice. A world without a voice is like a deaf and blind.
All our lifestyles have gone down the sewage drain, hence the use of a toilet seat cover that represents a classy hat on a woman of style. The chain and lock key is social imprisonment and enslavement by this pandemic.
Our lives of materialistic pleasures, represented by the cigar in the hand has now been suppressed by COVID-19 as we see red through dark lenses of life.

Roselyne Marikasi

She is a figure artist but in the recent past, her work has gravitated towards an exploration of materials like fibers and threads to create texture and create delicate lines on canvas.

“This exploration started with my fascination with word play with certain adages, for instance “the fabric of society”. I literally took these words and deconstructed fabric or cloths in order to begin my inquiry on this theme. Another interesting “Adage is “men of the cloth”. This interesting word play has drawn me towards fabric and I am also interested in using our local fabric as part of my identity. My work has become more of an expression, and play on word symbols and suggestions. Fabric and fibers are important in my work because I am also a seamstress. This has brought about a poetic element in my work. Sometimes I wear the clothes, whose fabric I have used in my paintings.”

 Disruption of the Womb Man

In this painting the artist is comparing the earth to a womb because they share similarities in the fact that both are ecosystems. Womb man refers to the bible verse that makes reference to a woman as a womb man. Her potential to bear children, to self-sustain the fetus in her womb. Similarly the earth replenishes itself and sustains itself. Humanity can only make its way through a woman, the woman is the gateway into this world. If her ecosystem is disrupted there are serious consequences that can cause the seizure of the woman’s ability to reproduce. In the same when the earth’s ecosystem is disrupted it can cause untold devastation.

Hugh Hatitye Mbayiwa

He was born in Zimbabwe in May 1973. He studied art in high school and attained a certificate in Fine Art and Kodak Photography at the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design (former BAT Studios) in 1995. The artist had 5 solo exhibitions between 2003 and 2017 in South Africa and Germany and participated in several group exhibitions from 2008 till presently.

His work is in private collections in South Africa.
Hugh Mbayiwa taught art and did a lot of volunteer work in Zimbabwe and South Africa between 1999 and 2014.

“I believe that the greatest fortune is to be exposed to our capabilities so that we can explore the real and endless possibilities within us.”

Returnees’ Rate
In this painting the artist has used some ships and boats to symbolise huge transportation of people returning to their respective countries. His great feeling is a lot of jobs will be lost and therefore a lot more people will feel like going back to their countries of origin as they assess the COVID-19
behaviour. As it looks, the use of masks and social distancing will stay with is for some time; hence the symbols that reflect the pandemic.

Jane Chipara

The strong passion for Imaging Visionary Objects of Nature’s Reserve and Contemporary Elements of a developing community constitutes the springboard of Jane Chipara’s maiden artworks inclusive of Lyric Poetry. She is an emerging young female artist from Rusape, in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. Her inborn skill of imagery impressions started and attracted the attention of her Junior School authorities who promoted her skills to exhibit her natural and environmentally inspirational artworks on international education platforms.

“While the world is engrossed in numerous challenges and occurrences in Health, Natural and environmental devastations and Issues, it is imperative to develop an awareness platform through comprehensive and creative artworks that herald rays of hope and courage to combat these uncertainties and demands upon the global youths.
I am eager to bring art to basic humanity. ”

Life is saturated with a whole world of surprises; those of profound joy or absolute horror. Let it be the joyful ones or the horrible ones. Enthusiastically enduring through a tumultuous life cycle, one can actually form a foundation for development in one’s life. Take note that after a storm comes a calm, so don’t quit before the miracle happens.

Kudakwashe Musingarabwi

He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in December 1988. He enrolled at the Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) for two years. He usually works on prints and addresses topical societal issues. Musingarabwi aims to convey perceptions on crises to alleviate hopeless situations. He has participated in several exhibitions in Zimbabwe.

Our Frontline Heroes and Heroines;
Wife Murders Husband at Emganwini after Fighting Over the Remote Control
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons about life. It is a virus which is very dangerous and deadly, disrupting all facets of our lives. Yes, people are vulnerable but when we unite we become one strong voice. We can overcome this through following the safety precautions.
Great sacrifice has been shown by the frontline offices, institutes donors and some individuals. They indeed have become our heroes and heroines. Like ants, they have worked selflessly in unison. Let us all support them by adhering to preventive measures as pronounced by our Government.
As a country let us therefore stop gender based violence and vandalism of our quarantine facilities. A big No to non-compliance to prevention and protection measures. We must put all efforts at defeating our common enemy, COVID-19.
Unity of purpose is our hope for the future!

Kundai Nathan

She is a young Zimbabwean artist born in April 1999. Her repertoire of art combines the use of mixed media to address social and cultural issues in society. Her work has been exhibited at the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design during ICAC (2017), a show which was curated by four young curators, including herself.

Face Mask
Face masks - the good, the bad! The corona virus pandemic has elicited some of the most bizarre designs of face masks from around the world. Nothing beats the creative mind. However to a large extent, the true gravity of the disease is not demonstrated as some of the face masks are rather just symbolic. In the absence of a universal template of the defensive mask, different communities have come up with diverse designs of masks, which do not only illustrate their creativity but also how they perceive the pandemic as other prototypes to hedge on superstitions. Also to borrow from scenes of gothic horror. Some people appear as wearing an emblem of a new religion whilst others are depicted as citizens of another planet. “Oh God! Like a passing cloud, we wish this phase to be behind us. Are these the signs of the end times?”


Mukwende, a bag that was used by traditional healers to carry their medicine. I made this one for myself to carry my medicine. In this lockdown since it is difficult to get medical attention in hospitals, we can be our own healers, mentally or physically. I used strips of material and a clay pot because those are the materials that speak most to me. They remind me of my home as an African young woman.



Lawrence Nyemba

He is a self-taught painter born in August 1991 in Marondera, Zimbabwe. He moved to South Africa, where he discovered his talent in art. Nyemba started off painting cars in 2013 at a garage which he was employed, which led him to develop his techniques. This is when he became a full time artist. He returned home in 2014 where he attended French lessons at Alliance Française. These lessons landed him in Victoria Falls, where he was exposed to different types of art. From 2015 his journey in art began from there.


“I’m your mother and I know better. I’m the world you're living in and I am a lot wiser. I’ve seen and experienced horrible situations throughout the ages. Tough times came and I suffered. Good times came and I was happy. I still am happy, as I continue to grow.
One of the most important things I’ve ever done is to look after myself. This s why I'm still here, standing. I know times are hard for you but there's always hope.”

 Martina Gruber

Born and raised in Austria is a photographer, social anthropologist, traveller, a wanderer, a gatherer of inspiration from journeys. Much of her professional life has been fueled by her passion to organise and manage trans-culture projects that span across the divide between separate cultural entities. As an artist Gruber explores the medium of still and moving images and is drawn to the seemingly unremarkable, peoples' stories, reflections and the wide view. She has traversed continents and cultures, finding places and kindred spirits that emotionally imprint upon her along the way. Places she has called home include the Salzburger Pinzgau, the Austrian Capital City Vienna, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the Southern African Region. Currently Martina lives and works in Zimbabwe and Austria.

Up Against These Walls – a series of 5 photographs

The abrupt stop of things and halt in our worlds with COVID-19 first felt like an unreal reality to me. It took a little while until the impact of all that on our lives triggered, slowly, like hourglasses. Personally I had a solo exhibition scheduled in Austria that I was working towards. I had all the prints made and ready to take over with me in April. I was excited to show work in the country I was born. I am a photographer, I get my stimulation from being out walking the world, my surroundings, …. all this changed …. for the good? I travelled inwards, I enjoyed discovering all the small things and scenes around me. The emergency braking made me pause, made me stand face to face with my fears, feeling my head against the wall. I learned, trusted, took a step back and embraced this wall. Knowing, feeling the sun is in my eyes. The world as we know it has been dissolving. But behind it comes a new world, the formation of which we can at least imagine, like projections on a wall. Let's work with the new reality and embrace the presence. It might take us to a wonderful journey towards the core of our humanity and creativity.

Matthew Garvin

Matthew Garvin is an emerging international artist from Zimbabwe who has just finished studying Fine Art (BA) at the University of Wolverhampton in England. He has always had a strong desire to create, which has been nurtured throughout his time spent studying art. It is both the human body and the human condition that captivate him, and they have formed the retrospective of his works. Through removal of various aspects and features of the body via the layout of the composition, he has begun to question how we view the human form and the narrative surrounding it when we are unable to see the full picture. What connotations arise when this happens? The viewer has been given a fragment of a narrative within the painting, whilst what is truly going on exists outside of the viewers gaze. It is almost as if the viewer is too late to the scene and something has already taken place and we are left with the aftermath of a passing moment.

A dichotomous existence brings to light the realities of the present day. As a result of the global COVID - 19 pandemic, now more than ever we are confronted with the reality of who we are and the duality of our existence. As global events seemingly spiral out of control, this piece was born out of the idea that we are constantly forced to take one side or the other. Our identities are challenged as we seek to find a place in society. We are asked to take action yet we are confined to our homes. Asked to speak out but not in person, all whilst our actions are continuously judged to determine which camp we belong to.

Mukudzei Muzondo

As an up - and - coming mixed media artist, Mukudzei Muzondo devotes himself to investigating the historical and contemporary contexts, questioning the human condition in urban society. Through experimentation with various objects using different mediums from Screenprint to Assemblages, his artworks generate an interesting analysis on the human existence in societal and political spaces. Also highlighting the contemporary inquiries on identity and belonging, his artworks are an introspection based on the narrative of the body and life defined through experiences. They are constantly attempting to give form and meaning in articulating the state of being.

Muzondo was born in 1983 in Kwekwe, a city in the Midlands Province, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Harare. He completed his Foundation Certificate at Peter Birch School of Art. At the National Gallery School of Visual Art and design, he did his Advanced Certificate and was selected to be an Artist in Residency there. He advanced his art studies graduating with a National Diploma in Fine Art at Harare Polytechnic College. Mukudzei Muzondo has participated in various group exhibitions, international workshops and art residences. He has held two solo exhibitions in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Matendere/Nests is a conscious inception of ideas expressed out of circumstances and experiences related to isolation. It is an exploration of the ontological realm between materiality and home. I became interested in the idea of how I can relate to objects that occupy a confined space (in a “Stay at home” scenario) faced with the contemporary situation of lockdown and restrictions. I thereafter felt the need to investigate and embrace different ways of creating work with the inclusion of everyday objects; by challenging myself with the possibilities of redefining my creative processes and finding a contrasting voice and new ways of artistic expression.

Mulenga J Mulenga

Is a multimedia visual artist who was born in 1987, in Lusaka, Zambia. She works across disciplines such as painting, sculpture, installation, drawings, photography and performance art. In 2019, she was awarded the most outstanding Female Visual in Zambia during the National Ngoma Awards ceremony by the National Arts Council.
Recently she attended a residence programme at Gasworks, London for 3 months and she is currently participating in the Sanaa exhibition which is part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Some of the exhibitions she has participated in include: Tupelo International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Cape Town, Dar’Art Biennial;Gallery of Small Things , Senegal; Zambia: Contemporary art in the making, the African Studies Gallery, Israel (all in 2018); Biennial of Contemporary Art Seychelles, Seychelles National Museum; African Voices, National Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe; African Creative Ensemble Festival, Limpopo, South Africa; & Kuboneshagu Women’s National Exhibition, Lusaka National Museum (all 2017). She is a 2015 Asiko international School Alumni under CCA Lagos and attended the Summer school of International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg , Austria in 2015.

On the 18th of March 2019 Zambia confirmed the first case of COVID-19 and as numbers increased the government introduced a series of measures to curb the transmission rate. The government closed down international airports, all schools; movement restrictions and closure of non essential services such as restaurants bars and public gatherings. However international land borders remained open, including movement of commercial and border crossing to avoid negative impact on trade and economy.

"The economic effect of the lockdown has had a very negative effect on the poor people especially women and children. The COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding at a time when the country and society is struggling with rights of women and girls. Because of lack of funds due to economic set back of the pandemic, more cases of domestic violence, teenage pregnancies and child marriages have been reported.

 The lasting impact of this pandemic on the country’s social economic, cultural and traditional conditions can not go without notice. Locally people feel that wearing of face masks, (one of the ways to protect yourself from catching Covid-19) is political economic propaganda from far East (China). This reminds me of the Nyau performance (a traditional ceremony of the Chichewa speaking people) and I question the relevance of masking in this era and if at all it will become part of African traditional practice. Are we part of a masquerade as conspiracy theory puts it?"

Munyaradzi Innocent Mashamaire

Is an Artist based at Great Zimbabwe Monuments where he works as an Exhibitions Officer. In his spare time as an Artist, he enjoys drawing, painting, photography and graphics work. Among all these, painting is his passion, the key to his creative engine. Though the subject matter of his work may vary, color remains its constant theme. He prizes color for its powerful symbolism and employs it to communicate emotion and mood. To achieve this, he normally uses the marbling technic - the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to canvas. Inspiration for his work comes from the details and moments of everyday life. In this case, he is greatly inspired by the way COVID-19 has affected the world over and in particular his country (Zimbabwe) through the paintings  .
Catch Them Young shows the constrained and resourceful way activities are being carried out in households - including home-schooling, exercise and playtime with respect to COVID-19 restrictions. The lockdown has affected hundreds of millions of children, with a potential negative impact on their education and mental wellbeing. The message is let’s “Catch them young” and educate them.

Surviving Lockdown

In the painting Surviving Lockdown, a woman is loaded with tomatoes that she is selling and at the same time taking care of her baby. The Artist portrays how the lockdown has exposed women and children to stress, hunger and anxiety. Family incomes are being lost and parents are struggling to care for their children and make ends meet.


Nothando Chiwanga

Was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1997. She works predominantly in the medium of performance art, photography and collage. She learnt at Queen Elizabeth Girls School and graduated from the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design in 2019. The artist has exhibited in the New Signatures and Green shoots Exhibition. She is currently an artist in residence at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Nothando Chiwanga has participated in various workshops like the realism with John Kotze, performance art with Sithembile Msezane, Art and Ethics with Julius Mushambadope. She believes that art is like medicine of the soul.

Simuka I-IV – Self-Portraiture
My work reflects struggle, sorrow, power and faith of a young lady during COVID-19 lockdown. The young female is characterised by melancholic expression; also showing the way we think and behave. Our culture, all time zones and all work of life has been changed due to the pandemic. The self-portraiture shows a true personality of herself. The poses of the female give a greater opportunity of hope and connection with the society. The barricade tape resembles danger and warning.

Nyadzombe Nyampenza

is a photographer and conceptual artist. His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He was a participant at the Bamako encounters, and regularly exhibits in local group shows. The artist is a recipient of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s Annual Art Exhibition award.

Mai Zvichauya I & II

A woman is a symbol of expectation, and hope. She is a reflection on the condition of pregnant women during the pandemic. She embodies uncertainty but also possibility. Some pregnancies were midterm before the virus broke out. People have not been constrained from starting a family since the outbreak. What future awaits the unborn child? The woman is stalked by death as she carries and protects the new life in her womb. Death seems to co-exist with life in the moment. Mai Zvichauya is a Shona term used to refer to an expectant mother.

Paddington Tinaye Kaseke

Is a multimedia designer, now looking to specialise in animation and motion graphics. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at Midrand Graduate Insitute (now Pearson) in South Africa. In 2018, he formed a partnership with my best friend Tinashe Moyo to form Aptitude Legends, which he now works under. Aptitude Legends has been creating short flat animations since then.
“Aptitude Legends draws inspiration from life experiences especially childhood, where imagination was at its peak. In terms of style, we like to experiment with different types of animation and styles because certain stories require certain styles.”

Creative Block
Don’t you just hate it when, during lockdown, you have all this time to create that grand project, but you can’t think of anything? The idea the just disappears as soon as it’s about to develop and each day goes by without anything fruitful. Inside our heads, the creative block crew is just waiting to wipe out any potential ideas as soon as they develop. You can only wish for that one idea that is bright enough to defeat the darkness of the creative block and free up our minds to be creative.

Peter Chahwanda

Is a young graffiti artist born in 1995 and started doing art in primary school and continued with his passion for art in high school, where he was one of the best art student. He never attended any art school and this is his first time to exhibit.

“Be who you are and let the world adjust.”

 Dusk Till Dawn
Everyone has got questions and answers about COVID-19 and I personally picture it as this scary person who is here to take away everything owned by humanity; someone who is here to destroy the world regardless of who you are and so far you have succeeded. So now it iss up to us as the people of earth to come together and fight COVID-19.

Peter Musami

Is a mixed media visual artist who has been practicing in Harare, Zimbabwe, from the late 2000s. With influences derived from nature, contemporary affairs, societal culture and music, he has developed as a painter and sculptor whose work is not necessarily a quest for new art-forms, but rather a pursuit of discovering and demonstrating different dimensions to the already established art genres of mixed-media assemblage and abstract paintings.

“I painted this body of work in my home studio, which basically has been my quarantine space since this whole nightmare started. I had all the victims to this novel virus in my heart and mind (Mudzimundiringe, meaning a call out for protection from ancestors; hence the masked portrait figures in these paintings). The ripple effects of this pandemic has given me and certainly everyone, time to think and to view life from a whole different perspective; events that at times bring human kind to its knees and eventually make us pick ourselves up with a common agenda to rebuild and reunite as a people.
I have no doubt in my mind that this plague has actually made a vivid footprint in the history of mankind. And if anything, life has taught us to keep evolving and to keep moving forward."


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