EMBODIED HISTORIES - Musenga Nhoroondo

25 May 2024 – 20 Jul 2024

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16:00 – 19:30
16:00 – 19:30
16:00 – 19:30
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Zerial Art Project presents the first exhibition in Europe by Zimbabwean artists Peter Musami and Mukudzei Muzondo curated by Alice Montanini at Fondazione Marta Czok in Venice, under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the exhibition


Zerial Art Project presents, from 25 May to 20 July 2024 at Fondazione Marta Czok in Venice, the exhibition Embodied Histories curated by Alice Montanini. Under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the exhibition
brings the work of Zimbabwean artists Peter Musami and Mukudzei Muzondo to Italy for the first time. Through a selection of previously unseen works created especially for the occasion, Embodied Histories explores themes of memory, trauma and cultural heritage in the intricate context of Zimbabwe's tumultuous history, setting this in the context of the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia curated by Adriano Pedrosa 'Stranieri Ovunque - Foreigners Everywhere'.

Richly reminiscent of Shona cultural background, Musami and Muzondo’s artistic visions converge and diverge, forming a poignant discourse on the body as a vessel of trauma, a theatrical landscape of scars, yet simultaneously a spiritual site
of healing and reconciliation. Muzondo’s work is characterised by a striking figurative storytelling embodied with both historical and personal references. Through densely layered compositions, his powerful depiction delves into the struggles and resilience of a scarred nation, while uncovering the intricate interplay between socio-political historical events, memory, and tradition, all shaping Zimbabwe contemporary cultural identity. In his work, lingering echoes of colonialism permeate the cultural confrontation with the oppressive Western capitalist system, where the voices of non-dominant cultures are drowned out by the shadow of a still tangible colonial past.​

The complex non-linearity of trauma is portrayed by Musami’s textured large collage works. Intertwined with political undertones, these works evoke an emotional landscape where the past and the present overlap, as if echoing a fragmented psyche dealing with traumatic experiences. A mosaic of layered
memories retraces the artistic process of tearing, cutting and subsequently assembling each fragment into a new wounded yet vibrant composition, where the artistic expression is transmuted into a symbolic act of healing.
Through the convergence of Muzondo’s figurative symbolism and Musami’s abstract expressionism, this exhibition invite viewers to navigate a multifaceted contemporary narrative deeply embedded in the scarred history of Zimbabwe.

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Alice Montanini

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