59th Venice Biennale commences this month

Zimbabwe is set to make a 6th consecutive appearance at the 59th Venice Biennale which will run from this month to November next year.  

Zimbabwe is among few African nations returning to Italy for the esteemed cultural and creative industries’ global event, Venice Biennale which is often referred to as the Olympics of the art world.

The event is so important because it encourages artistic dialogue between international artists, as well as engaging with social and political issues of the time.

The Venice Biennale is a nine month programme of exhibitions, tours, performances and discussions.

Zimbabwe will be represented by the quartet, Kressiah Mukwazhi, Wallen Mapondera, Ronald Muchatuta and Terrence Musekiwa.

In announcing the artists who will represent Zimbabwe next year, Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry, saluted the artistes, pointing out that they had made an impact on the global arts arena through their work and she explained that the ministry, will strive to ensure that the international visibility of Zimbabwe’s creative and cultural industries is guaranteed.

“These men and women have been steadfast ambassadors, who made Zimbabwe to be revered and viewed through a different lens; as cultured as our history, as critical in thought as any other nation in the world, and, above all as fearless in telling their own stories.

“Now, a new crop of artists steps to the fore. The culture of creativity is proving inexhaustible, even in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Coventry said..

She added that the Zimbabwean pavilion in Venice is a platform for the artists to shine at this most prestigious global art event.

“As a Government, we supported the Zimbabwe pavilion with other partners on our inaugural and second appearances. We have taken the full responsibility to make sure that the Zimbabwe pavilion remains a priority on our budget list.

“I am excited that this quartet reflects my Ministry’s mandate; Youth and Art,” Coventry added.

Coventry highlighted that in sending the four artists to represent the country at the 59th Venice Biennale, the Government was walking the talk in implementing four of the 10 pillars in Zimbabwe’s Cultural and Creative Industries strategy.

She identified these as follows: establishing cultural markets and business development; raising intellectual property and copyright awareness; establishing cultural diplomacy and global business for purposes of re-engagement; and safeguarding cultural heritage.


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