The PPC Imaginarium Awards opened its doors to Zimbabwe early in 2018, so that Zimbabweans can enter for the first time, upping the ante in a contest previously known to attract emerging artists and designers from South Africa. The Zimbabwean leg of the competition operates according to a different timeline and already boasts over 120 confirmed submissions. The awards judges for Zimbabwe have their work cut out for them!
Among the judges of the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards Zimbabwe is Raphael Chikukwa, seasoned curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. Through his post at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, where he is also Chief Curator, Chikukwa hopes to transform the visual-arts landscape in Zimbabwe.
Chikukwa is a seasoned curator who focuses on the marriage of talent and social consciousness. His career highlights include curation of the Zimbabwe Pavilions in many major international art exhibitions, including the 54th, 55th, 56th and 57th Venice Biennales. In 2018, he was a jury member for the inaugural Henrike Grohs Art Award in Abidjan. In 2010, he was among seven curators to attend the Curating in Africa symposium at the Tate Modern in London. As a curator and speaker, Chikukwa invests a great deal in discussions about the role of contemporary art in Africa.
Chikukwa worked as an independent curator prior to his appointment as Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2010. He received formal training in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in London. Chikukwa received funds to conduct research in West Africa from the American Centre Foundation from 2006-2007. He represented Africa at the 2008 Art Basel Miami Conversations in the United States and is a recipient of a Chevening Scholarship, the UK Government's international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
With a wealth of experience, both in Africa and worldwide, Chikukwa is bound to enrich the inaugural PPC Imaginarium Awards Zimbabwe. We welcome him to the 2018 judging panel!