The links that bind. Chikonzero Chazunguza. An Insight into the artThere are links that connect the dots and one can realise that we share the same experiences but just in different places across the globe. Art is really carrying across messages of cultural and urban experiences and result in Global dialogue. Pixels of Ubuntu/Uhnu Zimbabwe at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.The idea of what seems to be or what appears to be is creatively interwoven into the meaning of the ‘Past and Presence’ series by Chikonzero Chazunguza. Visitors from all corners of the world share a similar concern with Chikonzero Chazunguza. The element of the diaspora is engaged as they have a history that is so unrelated to that of Africa. There are those that have family lineages that existed for many generations in the diaspora and in essence their ancestors are buried there.Some visitors from America posed a question that made me think and view Chazunguza’ s series with fresh perspective. The idea of an uncertain past that either African Americans or those from Brazil and people from many other indigenous ethnic origins feel. They feel as if a past that is not concrete and a past that was created for them through colonial conquest makes them uncertain of the future. The element of the ‘Past and the present’. In most cases the past is not is not in the present as some opt to ignore a past and focus on a future that would be stemming from the ‘Present’.Chazunguza is firm and clear about his stance about engaging elements of history and tradition. An approach that he has been consistent throughout his creative life. In a world with constant social changes and spiritual search.
Amongst his most compelling works are those that reinstate for the viewer, a sense of ritual order and of life’s deeper mysteries, alongside proffering incisive, yet subtle social and political analysis. Chiko deliberately sets out to re-connect with local modes of fabrication and visuality, exploring their areas of aesthetic overlap with Western traditions to produce new visual forms and new kinds of visual experiences.
. In his paintings, prints as well as in his installations he is known for experimenting with a variety of materials, including objects of everyday African life, challenging issues of subtle colonial conditions in Africa on land distribution, food insecurity, degradation of indigenous spirituality, traditional order and rituals.
Doreen sibanda- Commissioner
Raphael Chikukwa -Chief Curator
Tafadzwa Gwetai - Assistant Curator
Paul Bradley Venice Conultant
Gareth Nyandoro- Artist
Chikonzero Chazunguza - Artist
Masimba Hwati - Artist
Silus Matopa - coordinating team
Fadzai Muchemwa - coordinating team
Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Swiss Agency for Development and Coorperation .SDC