berry bickle.jpgIn exploring Zimbabwean contemporary art, visual imagery artist Berry Bickle has refined her art work from large-scale colourful drawings to multimedia installations and most recently video art.

Bickle’s latest video art features the song ‘Chitekete’ by the late Leonard Dembo as its theme tune.

 

The video, which is currently on exhibition at the Biennale International Exhibition in Venice,  Italy, was shot in Bulawayo where her works are contributing to the new awakening and fanned desire to participate in one of the most prestigious art platforms in the world. For those watching the video for the first time, it appears as if it was taken out of focus.

 

For 30 years, Bickle has sifted through and researched the memories and material that symbolise the happenings in society.

“Through video art, I have always opted to see the people and activities that have always been an intricate part of our beautiful physical landscape,” said Bickle.

Bickle lives and works between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. She belongs to a generation of African artists who emerged in the early 1990s when theoretical discourses about post-colonialism, cross-cultural identities, and globalisation began to question the Western artistic monopoly.

“My work has often been marked by the ecstatic beauty or excruciating pain that our lands have undergone. My latest images go even further to reveal what overlap and layering could contribute as a result of the collective realignments in the evolving Zimbabwe art,” she added.

Bickle was born and has participated in numerous exhibitions within the country and internationally including the Havana Biennale in 1994, Africa Remix in Dakar, Senegal in 2002 and the Bamako Biennale in 2010.