Z for Zimbabwe in the Blogging from A to Z challenge.
The last day in my one month exploration of online jewellery collections. And as it happens, I will derail from the jewellery track right here.
It’s hard to find online jewellery collections from museums outside of the Western world, or the Northern, if you like. I then started looking for art in a wider perspective, and with focus on African countries.
I came across the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, a site where you find contemporary art. There I learned about fine artist Masimba Hwati, and I want to share some of the short videos where he talks about art in Zimbabwe and Africa in general.
The Business of Art. Art is social commentary, but it is also a response to the market. African art is not always determined by the African artists themselves, but is a response to a need from outside. To what extent can artists respond to a market and still maintain integrity?
Donor funding and the arts in Zimbabwe. What does it mean for African art to be funded? Most donor funding comes with strings, the funder has some interest too. Do engineers need to be funded? What makes them different? (He also refers to how hilarious it is to see a video about the Zimbabwe pavillion at the Venice Biennale accompanied with Western classical music, I think he refers to this one if you want to have a look).
And in the context of being visible online, he also wonders: Who is telling the Zimbabwe story? So much is going on in Zimbabwe today, but it is not visible online. So many stories are not being shared, not by journalists, nor by artists themselves.
You also find a lot of interesting articles, interviews, blogs and special features at POVO, an arts and culture magazine and movement that serves as a platform for people to voice their opinions especially within art and culture.
It feels good to end the A to Z with something else than jewellery, to leave that world behind for now and see what is going on today, outside of the museum walls and outside of Europe.
Thank you for reading. I hope that this can lead you to some new discoveries.