Four local visual artists will represent the country at the 58th edition of the International Exhibition of Art at the Venice biennale in Italy this year.

The country has over the years been consistent in promoting visual artists and contemporary art through various platforms.

“In a bid to take the country’s vision to the world, Georgina Maxim, Neville Starling, Kudzanai Violet Mwami and Cosmas Shiridzinomwa were selected by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to represent the country at the international exhibition in Venice,” said Mrs Doreen Sibanda, who is the gallery’s director.

Shiridzinomwa said he will raise the country’s flag high through his works and is looking forward to change people’s perception of Zimbabwe.

Speaking during a send off ceremony for the artists, the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport Arts and Recreation, Cde Yeukai Simbanegavi said the government is committed to create opportunities for youths and expects the artists who have been selected to market the nation at the international showcase.

The works of the Zimbabwean pavilion that will be showcased in Italy was curated by the Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Raphael Chikukwa under the banner: ‘Soko Risina Musoro,’ derived from a poem by the late national hero, Herbert Chitepo.

The Venice biennale is one of the most famous and prestigious cultural exhibition the world and has created as a platform for interaction between countries globally.