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Tsoko Art Gallery to launch inaugural exhibition

Tsoko Art Gallery will on Friday launch its first-ever exhibition which will feature young and emerging visual artists.

By Nicola Gibson

Art works displayed at Tsoko Art Gallery
Art works displayed at Tsoko Art Gallery

Titled Beyond the Body, the arts expo will run from July 29 to September 30 at the gallery in Msasa.

“The exhibition will explore the manner in which individuals look into the realms, into the history, memories and religions in the hope that we might immortalise a presence that once was concrete,” said gallery curator Katharine Schneeberger.

She said the theme Beyond the Body interrogated indigenous beliefs, personal narratives, present day culture and borrowed traditions.

Tsoko Art Gallery is found in the heart of one of the biggest art and craft centres, Doom Estate, which is next to the home of iconic stone sculpture, Chapungu Village.

Schneeberger said works at the exhibition will include photography, print and installation art.

“Different artists will showcase their work and among them are Mukudzei Muzondo, Franking Dzingai, Eva Raath, Valerie Sithole, Kresiah Mukwazhi and George Maxim from the Village Unhu,” she said.

She said the exhibition would also mark the launch of the new visual art space.

The gallery got its name from the friendly troop of monkeys that frequent the venue in Msasa.

Doon Estate Chapungu Village was founded by Marcey Mushore and Roy Guthrie who hailed the initiative.

“This is the direction we would like to see for the Tsoko Gallery, a gallery devoted to the promotion, documentation and encouragement of our many Zimbabwean painters and mixed media artists. May it grow into a major force in this field?” said Chapungu Village in a statement.

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