Lessons learned from Perspectives:
Photographers in Zimbabwe need more spaces to exhibit their work.
Two out of five photographers had never participated in an exhibition of this kind.
Two photographers pulled out as they could not afford to print work that did not have a guaranteed buyer. Printing costs in Zimbabwe are high making print in accessible for images larger than A4. Photographers therefore may struggle with consignment opportunities for their work.
Perspectives exhibition was a 30 day group photography exhibition at Artillery Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe held in March 2022.
It is a truth universally known that photography holds an unparalleled place in presenting a wide range of perspectives. Photographers around the world, whatever style, have perfected the processes of communicating everyday life in truly transformative ways. They have explored taboos and disputed the status quo while producing remarkable works.
There is a power in storytelling and doing so visually that many visual bodies of work have tapped into to both question and change existing narratives about our beautifully complex Zimbabwe, its spaces and its people. This exhibition and the colourful combination of portraiture, landscape, nature and documentary photography the artists have brought to it is no exception.
The exhibition has collected the stories of our diverse people, our most sacred places and our invaluable environment. Finally, it is a celebration of the people here who have told the stories, their point of view and how they have chosen to share them.