The initial phase of the workshop included preliminary research and a literature review of the following topics: Urban – Rural Migration, Border Flows, Urbanization, Settlement, Urban Governance, and Infrastructures. Simultaneous to the literature review during the first phase, the workshop participants learned digital representation techniques presented by renowned artist Olalekan Jeyifous.
The second phase of the workshop included on the ground field research and site visits to transportation nodes, urban markets, and settlement and housing areas in Harare, Zimbabwe. Students were asked to produce at least one (1) drawing, sketch or mapping each day.
The final phase entailed the production an “urban imaginary” by each student based upon there individual research and analysis of the city.
The research resulted in the production of a single drawing “urban imaginary” which was presented in the central hall of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Additionally, each student produced a final text or artist’s statement regarding his or her concept. The urban imaginaries were presented to a review jury consisting of the following artists, scholars, and curators. The students’ works are now in the archives of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Rebecca Aston - Media Artist, Berlin
Tandazani Dhlakama – Curator; Education Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Mpho Matsipa – Curator, Columbia University Studio-X Johannesburg
Maxwell Mutanda – Architect /Designer, Cape Town, South Africa
Nontsikelelo Mutiti - Multi-disciplinary Artist, New York
Tinashe Mushakavanhu – Writer, Journalist and Cultural Commentator
Dana Whabira – Curator and Founder, Njelele Art Station
Mabel Wilson – CoDirector, Global Africa Lab, Columbia University