FOUR local artists are to represent Zimbabwe at the Pavillion 57th international Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venice in Italy.
The four will be hunting for golden lion awards.National Gallery of Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, chose Charles Bhebhe, Admire Kamudzengerere, Sylvester Mubayi and Dana Whabira as Zimbabwe representatives.
The four will create new artworks and multimedia installations that will transform the entirety of Santa Maria della Pieta into an authentic Zimbabwean environment, in Venice under the theme Deconstructing Boundaries.
National Gallery Chief curator Raphael Chikukwa said the four artists will conceive new works, incorporating sculpture, prints, drawings, objects, paintings and sound for the six galleries of the Zimbabwe Pavilion.
“The artists and their experiences in the ever changing world are the source of inspiration for the Zimbabwean Pavilion at Venice,” he said.
Chikukwa added, “In the face of relentless globalisation, physical boundaries are getting blurred and challenged.
“The Zimbabwe Pavilion Exhibition seeks to provide another perspective on the themes of humanity, allegory, identities, migration, patriotism and belonging.”
“The ideas of here and there, seeing and being seen, legal and illegal have remained subjects for debate and this exhibition seeks to provide some answers to these issues,” said Chikukwa.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is renowned for presenting ground breaking contemporary art exhibitions in and outside the country and has always served as a creative laboratory where artists are free to experiment.