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1-54 Art Fair Partners with Art|Harare To Elevate Zimbabwe’s Artistic Horizon

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1-54 Art Fair has collaborated with Art|Harare for its London edition, October 12th-15th. The collaboration is aimed at enhancing cross-cultural visions, celebrating artistic diversity, and fostering dialogues between Zimbabwe and the rest of the world. This collaboration is a part of 1-54 Special projects, allowing multiple Zimbabwe artists to participate in this month’s art fair.

Established in 2020, art|Harare stands as the premier platform for experiencing contemporary art from Zimbabwe and its Diaspora. Founded by Richard Mudariki, artHARARE emerged in response to the art world’s digital shift and the escalating interest in contemporary African art.

Franklyn Dzingai, Studio Portrait (Ruvarashe),74.5 x 111 cm. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of artHARARE.

Its presence at this year’s 1-54 London Is a testament to the importance of collaborations. Moreover, it helps in promoting the sale of African art to a global audience. Moreover, art|Harare adds a vibrant layer to the already diverse and rich tapestry of artists from Africa and its diaspora. Among the artists represented include Franklyn Dzingai, Wilfred Timire, Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi, Prudence Chimutuwah, and Mostaff Muchawaya. Their distinct styles and compelling voices offer a glimpse into the essence of Zimbabwe’s contemporary art scene.

Part of 1-54’s Art Fair Special Project, the collaboration will create a bridge between cultures and artistic expressions. It represents a shared commitment to promoting emerging talent in the continent. Additionally, it will foster a deeper understanding of Zimbabwean narratives. The artists presented by artHarare will each provide an intimate view into the heart and soul of Zimbabwe. With their art, they invite viewers to engage with the country’s history, struggles, triumphs, and aspirations.

Giving a Right Ear, 2022
Oil, acrylic, and paper collage on canvas. 78 x 86 cm. image courtesy of art| Harare

Visitors to 1-54 London can expect to be captivated by the sheer creativity and innovation emanating from artHarare’s showcase. Each artwork tells a story, sparking conversations and inviting viewers to contemplate the complexities of the human experience as seen through the lens of Zimbabwean artists. As the art world continues to evolve, collaborations like these pave the way for a more inclusive and empathetic world. Through art, we find common ground, fostering connections that go beyond borders and languages.

The collaboration between 1-54 Art Fair and Art |Harare is a celebration of artistic excellence, cultural exchange, and the enduring power of creativity. It invites us all to appreciate the beauty of diverse perspectives. With this, audiences are able to recognize the profound impact of art in shaping our understanding of the world.


Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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