ART FAIRS | Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim are the first artists to be confirmed at the Venice Biennale | The Art Newspaper
Zimbabwe’s art scene is finally joining the art world – despite the economic and political turmoil – with selected artists for the Venice Biennale.
Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim are the first artists to be confirmed
“Several of Shiridzinomwa’s works are currently on show at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town, in an exhibition of Zimbabwean art titled Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era (until 31 March). In the show, his works include Dying Faculties (2006), depicting a man with his head in his hands in what is presumably an HIV/Aids ward, and Mugabe’s Closet (2008), where an open door shows a well-worn jacket hanging over a pile of books and a human skull peeking out from underneath. A museum label describes the work as “a metaphor for politically sensitive matters that in the past could not be expressed openly”.”