There will be lectures from various literary authorities between Tuesday and Thursday at the event that is in its seventh session since its launch last year in October by the Curator of the National Gallery, Raphael Chikukwa.
The lectures will be conducted under the theme Beyond Borders: questioning development and challenges in contemporary art practice in East and Southern Africa.
“Harare Conversations is a platform that has been opened up to the public, artists and art critics to discuss and create dialogue on various topics on art and culture,” said the National Gallery of Zimbabwe communications officer, Rutendo Mutadzapasi.
She said top artists and curators would present lectures on urban regeneration, photography and video art.
Mutadzapasi said the guest speakers for the three-day event would include Sabine Kutt a Fine Art photographer from Germany, Katrina Nitsch and Beatrice Ehrstrom Swedish video artists, poet Albert Nyathi, Lawrence Chikwa a Zambian artist and Tsitsi Dzvukamanja from TEDA Architects a local architectural company.
“The TEDA Architects representative will be addressing the need for urban regeneration in the city of Harare and also looking at the role of the architects in building or creating an aesthetic for the city of Harare,” she said.
She said Kutt who would be amongst the guest speakers was born and raised in East Germany where she trained in art theory and classical ballet at the Palucca-Schule in Dresden and her photos impressed upon one’s imagination.
Mutadzapasi said Kutt’s pictures showed the transition from photograph to painting, the changes from lucid tones to opaque colour and the metamorphosis of the objective on one’s thoughts.
“Lawrence Chikwa is an active practicing artist both in Zambia and Europe with a collection that extends to business corporate and the Royal Central African Museum of Tervuren in Belgium,”she said.
The Arundel School choir is expected to perform on the opening day.