paintingt.jpgAn arts exhibition dubbed ‘Beyond Borders’ has opened at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe with several local painters and sculptors taking part in a bid to unite the African continent through the message in their paintings and sculptures.

The exhibition which has drawn visual artists from across the country challenges the development of contemporary art in East and Southern Africa.

Artist and curator of the exhibition, Raphael Chikukwa said some of the paintings and sculptors that explore various issues among them the true identity of an African.

One of the paintings by Keith Zenda shows the Head of State and Government
and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe shaking hands with other leaders in a bid to unite the whole of Africa under the title ‘Celebration of Africa’.

Chikukwa says this is one exhibition which is showcasing the importance of black history and black pride through art pieces done by Gideon Gomo and Charles Bhebhe. 

Other paintings on display pay tribute to Mozambican painter Valentino Malangatana, whose works are also being exhibited.