AS digital platforms take centre stage amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the National Arts Gallery in Bulawayo is calling on Zimbabwean artists to apply for an online exhibition titled “Art Inescapable” that will be showcased in June.
Gallery curator Clifford Zulu said “Art Inescapable” is a curated online exhibition by local artists so they develop cutting edge art-making in digital still and video artworks whose research focuses on new media techniques/digital art.
“The exhibition will be accessible through the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo website and social media platforms in June this year.
“The exhibition will also be broadcast during special screenings and events in collaboration with partner institutions nationally,” said Zulu.
Zulu, who is also the curator of the exhibition, said it was clear that most creative presentations over the last decade have steadily progressed towards digital technologies.
“After some initial resistance from practitioners and consumers, the inevitability and vitality of digital expression in cultural institutions is no longer in doubt, in fact, digital technologies are now a central element of many Galleries’ growth plans.
“In this regard, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo has effective 2020 embraced digital technologies in its curatorial and exhibitions framework,” he said.
Zulu further noted that in the same vein, the advent of Covid-19 has invigorated the Bulawayo gallery to heighten the pace of digital creative expression.
On the latest call, Zulu said Zimbabwean artists that specifically make use of digital technologies in their work were invited to apply.
“We are looking for short, non-narrative videos implementing the universal language of image and sound, with no text or dialogue. Documentaries of artworks and installations are not eligible.”
The gallery temporarily shut its doors last month, as part of the measures to curb the spread of corona virus.
As a result, the gallery has been running exhibitions online such as Child Rights Exhibition in partnership with Embassy of Sweden and Legal Resource Foundation.