Moderne und Zeitgenössische Kunst in Simbabwe

‘Mawonero/Umbono’ is a publication that sheds a bright light for the first time on modern and contemporary African art in Zimbabwe. From the Shona language, the word ‘Mawonero’ means ‘way of seeing’. This unique survey is devoted not only to present-day artistic practice, but also to the roots of contemporary Zimbabwean art. The focus is on cultural centres such as Harare and Bulawayo or institutions such as the Gallery Delta, as well as on mission schools in their role as incubators.  ‘Mawonero’ ranges across the entire art scene from 1957 to 2011, and is the first publication to make Zimbabwean art history accessible.

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June 2016

ISBN 978-3-86678-914-2

21,00 × 28,00 cm

160 pages

112 colored and 9 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

two language editions

Languages: German

Ignatius Mabasa

Text by
Farai M. Chabata, Raphael Chikukwa, Zvikomborero Mandangu, Tashinga Matindike-Gondo, Doreen Sibanda

Design by
Polina Bazir, Bielefeld