Gillian Rosselli, Troy Makaza, Moffat Takadiwa, Chipfika Kombo, Victor Nyakauru and Sekai Machache will represent Zimbabwe at the 60th Venice Biennale, Italy as announced by Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Dr Kirsty Coventry.
Running from the 20th of April upto the 24th of November in 2014, the exhibitors will exhibit under the Zimbabwe Pavilion and the theme is yet to be established.
The art showcase in Italy, which is a huge platform of artists all over the world equated to World Cup of Visual Arts, will be such a platform where Zimbabwe will engage the World and try to foster synergies.
“In line with NDS1, this platform has been critical in the Image Building and persuasion of International Corporation and it offers new engagement in the Culture sphere, Dr Coventry remarked.
Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Raphael Chikukwa will be the 2024 Pavilion of Zimbabwe Commissioner whereas Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa will be the Curator.
Dr Coventry said that, “As Government, we have seen many carriers flourish from this platform”.
Some of the notable Alumni are Portia Zvavahera, Virginia Chihota, Misheck Masamvu, Gareth Nyandoro, Masimba Hwati, Dana Whabira, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Wallen Mapondera and Ronald Muchatuta who have worked on a number of high-profile exhibitions.
From the dusty farms of Karoi, Moffat Takadiwa appreciated the government of Zimbabwe for recognising his talent and being honoured to grace the affluence of Italy.
“I grew up in farms, in karoi and to have travelled this milestone is by God’s Grace”, Takadiwa said.
Takadiwa appreciated those who have been assisting him on his journey.
Gillian Rosselli was happy to be representing Zimbabwe on the art grand stage.
“I will draw women”, as a way of uplifting them, Rosselli remarked.
She also encouraged women artist in the country to unite for their good.