All Afrika Village, Harare, Zimbabwe
ZUVA a site-specific sculptural space that merges traditions of healing and architecture with contemporary color and light work. Inspired by traditional African architecture and realized in collaboration with local cultural experts, this permanent space of color and light is built using local materials and labor, as well as traditional Zimbabwean building techniques. A major accomplishment of the project is the installation of a 5KW off-grid solar system to provide power to the space, the Dzimbanhete Arts and Culture center, and its surrounding community. The space is activated by Dzimbanhete as a place for sound, healing, and dialogue.
Zuva means sun, but the Shona language dives deep into the conceptual Zuva, which actually means day, or better said, the movement of the sun across the sky during a day. The yellow exterior represents the sun. The blue interior represents the night. The dome ceiling is airbrushed with gradient yellow to blue, illuminated via color changing LED.
- Generously supported by
- Goethe Zentrum Harare, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, CTG Collective, and Dzimbanhete Arts & Culture Interactions Trust (DAI)
Brick, plaster, paint, 5 KW off-grid solar system, LED, 26’ x 10’ x 10’
The CTG Collective is a New York-based non-profit founded in 2015 by Rachel Monosov and Catinca Tabacaru and today is directed together with Raphael Guilbert. The collective produces an international program with iterations in Zimbabwe, Romania, Nigeria, Finland, Serbia, Germany and Canada, that is powered by freedom, love and creativity, cultivating sustainable relationships seeking positive social and environmental impact.
Dzimbanhete Arts & Culture Interactions (DAI Trust) advocates for cultural investment in its mandate to promote the arts, culture, and heritage in Zimbabwe. Through prioritizing heritage preservation and enabling the promotion of indigenous knowledge practices, Dzimbanhete supports the spirit of Pan Africanism and Ubuntu.