The artists who shall represent Zimbabwe at the 59th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia have been announced. The announcement of the Artists was made by the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Hon Kirsty Coventry, at a Press Briefing held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare on Wednesday.
“These men and woman made an impact in Global Art Circles by navigating Zimbabwean society through their work. It is because of these trailblazing Young and Mature artists that Zimbabwe is viewed from a different lens; as Cultured as our History, as critical in thought as any other nation in the world, and fearless in telling our own stories” Honorable Coventry said in her remarks.
The four artists selected are Ronald Muchatuta, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Terrence Musekiwa, and Wallen Mapondera. The selected artists are all Mature, with over ten years of practice and honing their painterly skills, and having mass appeal on the international market. They will now produce artworks commissioned by the Pavilion of Zimbabwe’s Commissioner, Raphael Chikukwa, to be exhibited at the International Art Exhibition that is slated for May to November of 2022.
The Pavilion of Zimbabwe artists were selected by a Selection Committee constituted of Freda Isingoma, Lillian Chaonwa, Clifford Zulu, Sifelani Zilawe, Nyadzombe Nyampenza, Tinashe Muchuri and Dr. Biggie Samwanda. Over 20 names had been considered for the slate, and after rigorous examination of talent, the Selection Committee managed to pin down a group of artists who best express their perspective and interpret contemporaneity in an engaging and inventive manner.