|This expo raises more questions than answers|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:10|
Dr Tony Monda
Currently running at Joina City is an art exhibition entitled “The Spirit of Friendship; Entre Dos Aquas/Pakati Pemagungwa”.
The artists featured in this exhibition include Charles Bhebe, Steven Garan’anga, Tafadzwa Gwitai, Freddy Tauro, Wallen Mapondera, Anthony Bumhira, Tracy Ann Strydom, John Kotze, Belinda Marshall, Misheck Masamvu and Owen Maseko.
However, I found the “Spirit of Friendship” Spain lacking in this unprofessionally curated, hastily assembled, incoherent representation of what constitutes Zimbabwean art.
chronological developments of the visual arts and the current trajectory of its possibilities and potential.
embodies, even in the face of change.
Given that most diplomatic appointees are only appointed for a period not normally exceeding three years, they do not often have a comprehensive understanding of the country, the history, the people, its culture and its art.
The exhibition currently showing has been hastily assembled by inexperienced functionaries of the Spanish Embassy, and an equally inexperienced curator. It bears testimony to the lack of professional curatorship skills.
Certain questions arise:
For how long are Zimbabweans artists going to undersell themselves and their cultural property as though they are tomatoes and onions at a market? Could we do this in Spain or anywhere else in the world for that matter?
Zimbabwean artists have for long been exploited by some diplomatic representatives who have set their own value to our intellectual and cultural property without professional advice.