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Chikonzero Chazunguza at the Fritzi Gallery

January 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM until 4:00 AM
The Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery
1233 Wellington St. W
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Zimbabwean artist Chikonzero Chazunguza gleans inspiration from what he calls “the collective” — family, community and political structures. Displaced from his homeland, his journey has led him to Canada where he continues to define the themes of scarcity of basic commodities, post colonialism and land conflicts.

Chiko received his Masters of Fine Arts in Bulgaria.  His multi-disciplinary work will be shown at the Fritzi Gallery in conjunction with Carmen Aguirre’s play, “ The Blue Box.”

“My work is a manifestation of the layers of my experiences within times of social and political changes, the toughest that human beings could ever face,” he says. “Yet there is constant hope and collective perseverance.  In this light, my work resonates with the layers of stories Carmen tells in The Blue Box.”

“Both Chiko and Carmen create work that engages and explores community politics and grassroots activism,” says curator Don Monet.  ”They create excitement through the ferocity of their passions — Carmen with her words, Chiko with his paintings.  They make us care about issues, about each other, about the collective.”

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