The Art at Work pavilion opened on May 23, 2012 in the garden of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. The pavilion was inaugurated by the Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, for some 300 guests. For this edition, BOZAR partnered with Raphael Chikukwa, curator at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, for the presentation of ‘Mifananidzo ye Zimbabwe ndiyo Nhorowondo yedu: Images of Zimbabwe are our narratives ’, a showcase of young emerging photographers. “This exhibition seeks to give an opportunity to six Zimbabwean photographers to tell the Zimbabwean story from a Zimbabwean perspective. In the past we have had the Zimbabwean and the African story in general being told by other people. Mifananidzo ye Zimbabwe ndiyo Nhorowondo yedu also gives an opportunity to these voices to explore both our past and present history that in the past have been misrepresented. The exhibition attempts to negotiate this position of self by framing the idea of Zimbabwe differently through photography. It thus complements Simon Njami’s section, A Useful Dream”.
Participating artists: Anne Mpalume, Believe Nyakudyara, Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, Bhetule, Hilary Maradzika, Aaron Mfumeli and Nancy Mteki