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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Georgina Maxim

Georgina Maxim was born 1980 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Maxim is known for both working as artist and curator with over a decade of arts management and curatorial practice.  Maxim together with Misheck Masamvu co-founded Village Unhu in 2012, an artist collective space that has been providing studio spaces, exhibitions, Read More

Neville Starling

Neville Starling is a self-taught artist, born 1988 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he maintains his full-time darkroom and studio. Motivated by his father’s windows of changed personality due to Alzheimer’s disease, Starling deconstructs time’s relationship with memory both individually and collectively. He examines notions Read More

Cosmas Shiridzinomwa

Cosmas Shiridzinomwa was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He completed his studies in Fine Art at the Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe in the mid-1990s where he majored in painting and has been painting ever since. His early themes range from his personal life’s highlights, social scenes and of late national and international Read More

Kudzanai ­Violet Hwami

Kudzanai-­Violet Hwami was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe in 1993, and lived in South Africa from the ages of 9 to 17. She currently lives and works in the UK. In 2016, the same year she graduated from Wimbledon College of Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she was awarded the Clyde & Co. Award and the Young Achiever of Read More

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