Visual artists across the country responded with impressive Covid-19-themed artwork which is now on display at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Harare.
The exhibition, which opened last week, features magnificent work, both in two and three dimensions.
It shows a diverse perspective on “Masked,” which was the theme put forward by the gallery and its sponsors, Morgan and Co Investment Bank.
Some of the outstanding 2D work came from Tafara Magumise, Prudence Chimutuwa and Talent Kapadza who took first, second and third place respectively.
Also noteworthy are the amazing works of art by Mukudzei Muzondo, Keith Zenda and Pritchard Chirume whose paintings were highly recommended by the selection team.
In 3D, Agrippa Tirigu took first prize, while Terrence Musekiwa and Clive Mukucha were second and third respectively. It was Musekiwa who received high praise for his participation in the competition, despite being one of the visual artists to represent Zimbabwe at the Venice Biennale next year.
“The exhibition saw entries from novice and seasoned exhibitors, but I would like to acknowledge the participation of Terrence Musekiwa who was selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Venice Biennale,” said Raphael Chikukwa, director of NGZ.
“It is one of the oldest and most respected biennials, but its selection did not prevent it from entering the masked exhibition.”
The fusion of stone carving and found objects from Musekiwa is amazing. His father received his award on his behalf as he returned to his European base.
Mukuch’s installation, third, was also very impressive.
A combination of different found objects, the work expressed the important interrelationship between modern health, religious and cultural sectors and how they can leave people on a stretcher or dead if certain views are not checked and corrected.
NGZ Board Chairman Dr Solomon Guramatunhu applauded the support received from Morgan and Co over the past three years.
“Artspiration: Masked is the third edition of Morgan & Company’s exhibition on the roads in local visual art,” he said. “The brokerage is presenting this exhibition to appreciate the sector, with themes that new emerging artists can interpret in different media.
“With the events of 2020 changing the way we do business; ‘Masked’ serves as a holistic way to zoom in on worlds as they stand today.”
Dr Guramatunhu said the exhibit offered a silver lining even when the art industry suffered from the effects of Covd-19.
“The severe effects of the coronavirus have left a dent in daily activities in all sectors and industries, the visual arts have not been spared from this scourge, with losses in arts administration and artistic practice being hit hard.” , did he declare.
“Throughout the trials that the virus has inflicted on us and the darkness that has covered us, a ray of light shone and hope for the future, each of these artists finding inspiration and transmitting it through sculpture. and painting to culminate in the insightful exhibit which we must see here this afternoon. “
Dr Guramatunhu called on companies to emulate Morgan and Co by supporting art.