ABOUT THE ARTISTS/EXHIBITORS
Chikonzero Chazunguzawas born on 13 January 1967 and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1987, he won a scholarship to study at the Institute of Pictorial Arts in Sofia Bulgaria, where he earned his MFA and was trained in the classical modes of printmaking, drawing and painting. He spent 7 years in Bulgaria witnessing how the country was going through major changes. In 1994 he returned to Zimbabwe in search of uniting his modern European training with indigenous Zimbabwean art. In 2009 Chiko moved to Canada where he was confronted with the contrasting realities of ’here and there’. Chiko established an artist resource center, Dzimbanhete Arts Interaction on the outskirts of Harare, which is still striving and could be an answer to the future of Zimbabwean contemporary art. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited in several solo shows in Africa, Europe and North America. He lives and works in Zimbabwe.
Masimba Hwati was born in 1982, and grew up in one of Harare where he attended School. He completed his formal education in Mhondoro and in Highfields, and then went on to embark on a visual arts course at the Harare Polytechnic from 2001 to 2003 where he majored in Ceramics and Painting earning a first class diploma in Fine Art. He has collaborated with several artists from Detroit, South Africa and the Southern African region. His work is in several private collections around the world. Deeply intrigued by the history of cultures in 2013 he undertook an independent study of the Culture and History of black people in Nova Scotia, Canada. He works with historical and contemporary themes experimenting with objects’ symbolism and perceptions. Masimba currently lives and works in Zimbabwe working at the Harare Polytechnic where he teaches visual arts, and is currently one of the 3-dimensional art instructors.
Gareth Nyandoro was born in Bikita, Masvingo in 1982. Gareth trained at Masvingo Polytechnic, Harare Polytechnic and Chinhoyi University of Technology. Street life and the human interaction that accompanies it are recurring themes in Gareth Nyandoro’s work. Around the world, markets are public places where vendors have a chat and present their wares in the most attractive way possible. In Harare, Zimbabwe this is done on a piece of cloth on the sidewalk, so vendors can quickly grab their things as soon as the police arrive to arrest them for trading illegally. Gareth has exhibited widely both in Zimbabwe, Africa and abroad. He has had more than 5 residencies and is currently on a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands.
ABOUT THE COMMISSIONER
Mrs. Doreen Sibanda
Doreen Sibanda has been working in the visual arts sector in Zimbabwe for more than thirty years. She began her career in 1981 as the Education Officer at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, where she was appointed to set up an Education Department for the institution. A critical thinker and a proponent of the role of education in art, Sibanda has been an influential figure in the newly independent Zimbabwe. Her various formal and informal platforms include working as an art critic, private gallery owner, newspaper columnist, published author, artist and curator. Career highlights include being invited to curate the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the first Johannesburg Biennale and participating in numerous exhibitions in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Germany, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Russia and Mali.
Sibanda has been the Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe since 2004. She has navigated the institution through its most difficult times, managing through her positive outlook to maintain a vibrant exhibition program with more than twenty shows each year. She is the author of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture: A Retrospective 1957 – 2004 and co – author of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe: Celebrating 50 Years, 1957 – 2007. She was the Commissioner of the first and second Zimbabwe Pavilions in Venice at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and 2013. She has contributed an essay to a book on local photographer Calvin Dondo, published by Africalia in 2013.
ABOUT THE CURATOR(S)
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, with Christine Eyene. 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.
Tafadzwa Gwetai is a Zimbabwean visual artist, painter, sculptor and emerging curator. He holds a Btech; Creative Art & Design (hons) Degree from the University of Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Gwetai has been actively involved in the arts since 2001. He has participated in various local as well as international exhibitions including, Between the Sheets Artists Books (Gallery East, Australia), and the exhibition, Colour Africa (Munich). He has also had four solo exhibitions to date, with the most recent being, “Con artist- The purpose of illusion” (2014) “Aesthetic Codes: When Science meets Art” (2012). He reintroduces and redefines mathematics with science and logic to create a new language. A language that challenges the very core of industry and its relevance to mankind. He views our existence as having been transformed into a virtual reality based paper work and documentation.
Tafadzwa Gwetai explores the human condition and how mankind has redefined themselves and their basic existence. Existentialist philosophy such as that of Rene Descartes and Plato who challenged the existence of man and founded the concept of ‘I think therefore I am’. This influenced his line of thought to that of challenging the purpose and meaning of mankind’s existence.