NGZ appoints Muchemwa Curator of Contemporary Art

By personal writer

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) has appointed Fadzai Muchemwa Curator for Contemporary Art.

In a statement from NGZ, the new position was created “to streamline its custody operations across its three branches and continuously expanding network.” The curator will be assisted by two assistant curators who will be at the Bulawayo and Mutare galleries.

Muchemwa was a researcher in the Arts of Africa and Global Souths program in the Department of Fine Arts at Rhodes University, a writer and curator operating between Grahamstown, South Africa and Harare. Her research explores notions of care in artistic practice, national archives, social justice, city histories, topographies of knowledge production and places of transition.

She was curator for education and public programming at the NGZ from 2017-2020, and assistant curator from 2016-2017, where she co-curated Molding a Nation: The History of the Ceramics Collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe ( 2018–2019), Dis(colour)ed Margins (2017), Culture in Communities (2016) and Jazzified: Expressions of Protest (2016).

Additionally, she curated The Unseen: Creatures of Myth and Legend, an exhibition of works by Isaac Kalambata at the National Museum, Lusaka in 2018. As a guest curator at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg in 2019, she produced the publication Curating Johannesburg: rest. less, under siege/in transition.

She is also a 2017 Fellow of the British Museum’s International Training Program and a contributor to Independent Curators International and the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice International Art Exhibition, as well as a founding member of the Practice Theory collective.

NGZ Executive Director Raphael Chikukwa said Muchemwa would “add value to our institution both locally and globally. His arrival opens a new chapter in the Zimbabwean art sector”.

Founded in 1957, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare is a museum dedicated to the presentation and preservation of contemporary and modern art and the visual heritage of Zimbabwe. It now has two other regional galleries in Bulawayo and Mutare and Harare as its headquarters.

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