In Zimbabwe’s majority language ChiShona there is a concept of kufungisisa or ‘thinking too much’, a dubious condition. The pandemic lockdown has made a lot of space for self-reflection and kufungisisa for all of us. It has also made this space a global phenomenon. Mirror Mirror! then is a brief survey of the broadest spectrum of subjects that artists have had too much thinking time for in the oscillation between lockdown levels in Harare over the past few months. For Amanda Mushate and Troy Makaza it is the wonder and drama of new parenthood and prognosticating a new and better place for their children. For Helen Teede it is a dynamic reflections on reuniting with Zimbabwe and recalibrating her practice in the physical and the social and political space after three years of living and working in Venice for her Masters. For Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, reflection is an act of turning the mirror on the hypocrisies and inadequacies of the powers that be and the crisis of words never matching the actions, desperately needed by the people. While for Wycliffe Mundopa it is the resolved understanding and plumbing the symphonic joys of life which happens whenever and however and the incredible human capacity for exuberance in any circumstance.
Mirror Mirror! is presented in collaboration with South South Veza part of SOUTH SOUTH (www.south-south.art) an online community, an anthology and a resource for artists, galleries, curators and collectors invested in the Global South. The platform’s launch brings together more than fifty galleries from across five continents to present a more holistic world-view of contemporary art. SOUTH SOUTH VEZA will be a hybrid of a live selling event powered by auction technology and a peer-led Online Viewing Room (OVR).