WORDS Michaela Stehr
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has launched an exhibition of contemporary painting from Zimbabwe. The show, which will run until March 2019, is entitled Five Bhobh – Painting at the End of an Era, and features 29 artists from Zimbabwe.
Five Bhobh (pronounced five bob), was inspired by the average amount needed to journey locally by kombi (minibus) in Zimbabwe. The artists in this exhibition mark the end of an era, offering foresights into an alternative dispensation. The metaphor of the kombi is the nation of Zimbabwe and the artists its passengers, who engage in social commentary.
Curated by Tandazani Dhlakama, the exhibition is divided into sections, namely Land, Politics, PaTonaz, Shemurenga, Memory, Spirituality and KuDiaspora.
The artists exhibiting are Admire Kamudzengerere, Anthony Bumhira, Berry Bickle, Charles Bhebe, Cosmos Shiridzinomwa, Duncan Wylie, Gareth Nyandoro, Gillian Rosselli, Greg Shaw, Helen Teede, Isheanesu Dondo, Janet Siringwani-Nyabeze, John Kotze, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Kufa Makwavarara, Misheck Masamvu, Mostaff Muchawaya, Percy Manyonga, Portia Zvavahera, Rashid Jogee, Richard Mudariki, Shalom Kufakwatenzi, Simon Back, Tatenda Magaisa, Tawanda Reza, Thakor Patel, Troy Makaza and Wallen Mapondera.
The museum is open from Wednesday to Monday (including public holidays) from 10am – 6pm. Last entry is at 5:30pm. Extended opening hours on the first Friday of the month, 10am – 9pm. Last entry is at 8:30pm.
For more information about the exhibition, visit zeitzmocaa.museum.