Zimbabwe artists connect art, work, and sustainability

Zimbabwe artists connect art, work, and sustainability

From poetry to mixed media, from rural to urban, these are Zimbabwe’s freshest takes on the future of work in a green economy.

“Work is a transformative force in our society, and Art is also a powerful force for change – it inspires, and moves, people to act.” – Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

The ILO’s first Competition for the Arts in Zimbabwe is one paint stroke in the country’s rich history of art and culture. It invited artists from all over the country to create new works of art inspired by the changing world of work, the green economy, and just transition.

These are Zimbabwe’s freshest takes on the future of work in a green economy, from poetry to mixed media, from the countryside to heart of the city.

The competition was organized in celebration of the ILO Centenary. The ILO office in Harare brought the competition to life, in partnership with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, the Culture Fund, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the British Council. The initiative aims to boost the country’s creative economy and spark conversations inspired by artists about the forces that are transforming the world of work.

The creative economy can be a source of structural economic transformation, socioeconomic progress, job opportunities and innovation. It can also improve social inclusion and sustainable development. Throughout history and across cultures, art has sought inspiration in the world of work. Today, we turn to artists to find new ways of understanding and expressing what a sustainable and inclusive future of work may look like.

Zimbabwe can trace its flourishing creative economy to the artists profiled below. Get to know them, their art, and explore their ideas about the world of work.

If you go: artworks are on display at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe until (date)

Meet the finalists

Mixed

Prudence Chimutuwah

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Going green

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Isheanesu Dondo

Location: Shamva
Artwork title: Trash to cash

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Claire Dongo

Location: Harare
Artwork title: The many faces of green jobs

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Tichaona Mudhobhi

Location: Bulawayo
Artwork title: Banjo violin

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Nora Müller

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Mbare dura

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Maxwell Mutanda

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Phane e palame kala ya Mophane

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Victor Nyakauru

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Untitled

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Music

Daniel “Mr. Candy” Chandimhara

Location: Masvingo
Artwork title: Green economy

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Blessing “Bled” Chimanga

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Green song

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David “HD” Hondoyedzomba

Location: Harare
Artwork title: How much longer?

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Othnell Moyo

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Bucinca

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Painting

Boarding Dzinotizei

Location: Marondera
Artwork title: Home-made solar panel

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Stephen Garan’anga

Location: Harare
Artwork title: The future of work in a green economy: A crimson tide for developing economies

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Tashinga Luckmore Majiri

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Everything is everything

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Webster Mubayirenyi

Location: Chitungwiza
Artwork title: Harnessing renewable energy

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Dumisani Ndlovu

Location: Bulawayo
Artwork title: The changing world

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Gillian Rosselli

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Everything is everything

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Photography

Knowledge Chingwecha

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Untitled

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Martina Gruber

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine

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Tusichile Kasito

Location: Harare
Artwork title: If you were a tree

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Tendai Mandimika

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Green city: Portraits of citizens

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Poetry

Annah Hodhera

Location: Shamva
Artwork title: The exodus

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Karen Maturure

Location: Harare
Artwork title: So I am a woman

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Ashley Mavolwane

Location: Harare
Artwork title: Hakuna matata

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Chiedza Rwodzi

Location: Harare
Artwork title: What are we seeding to a life worth breathing

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Wadzanai Tadhuvana

Location: Norton
Artwork title: A new day, new possibilities

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Tinotenda Tavengwa

Location: Gweru
Artwork title: Mother Nature’s confession

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March 4, 2020