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Venice 2011: Raphael Chikukwa, Zimbabwe Pavilion



In front of the Moroccan Pavilion, independent curator and roving corrrespondent for ARTonAIR.org Victoria Brooks speaks with Raphael Chikukwa, the curator of the Zimbabwe Pavilion's first Venice Biennale exhibition entitled Seeing Ourselves (showing artists Tapfuma Gutsa, Misheck Masamvu, Berry Bickle and Calvin Dondo at the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà, Calle della Pietà, Castello). Chikukwa discusses the trials endured to make it to Venice, the four artists showcased in their current exhibition, and future plans to return.

From his curatorial statement: The Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is pivotal in establishing a platform after the isolation of many years. The Zimbabwean pavilion will provide a rare opportunity to spark discussions about the role of artists in a society. Zimbabwe has become a Zone of Silence with little access to the platforms of exchange through which it can communicate. It is in this view that a Zimbabwean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale will break the silence.





 

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A series of talk and musical programs assembled from our various trips to Venice for the Biennale dating back to 2005. The programs range from round table discussions to interviews to DJ sets to virtual pavilions rendered in music and sound. On two occasions (2005 and 2007) we broadcast live on Italian FM radio from a boat moored near the Giardini. In 2011 our roving reporters covered the scene while the interview booth was headquartered near Piazzo San Marco. We also partnered with artist Federico Diaz and his sculpture-building robots at the Arsenale to design a special series called Robot Radio. 2013 brought us together with LaRete Art Projects and the Venice Agendas series produced by workinprogress for interviews and discussions.
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