ZUVA | Dzimbanhete

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Zuva is a site-specific sculptural space merging local traditions of healing and architecture with contemporary color and light work.

Inspired by traditional African architecture, and in collaboration with local cultural experts, CTG Collective invited Luftwerk to create and realize Zuva. This permanent space and color/light installation 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 work, the Dzimbanhete Arts and Culture center and its surrounding community. The hybrid space/sculpture is activated by Dzimbanhete as a hybrid art, sound healing, and space for 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 and Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
Dzimbanhete Arts & Culture Interactions Trust, Harare Zimbabwe

CTG Collective
The CTG Collective was founded in 2015 by Rachel Monosov and Catinca Tabacaru and today is directed together with Raphael Guilbert. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered in New York in 2017. It runs an international program with iterations in Zimbabwe, Romania, Nigeria, Finland, Serbia, Germany and Canada. The Collective is powered by freedom, love and creativity. Artist studios and exhibition spaces are rethought into unexpected environments, while communities around the world conspire as actors and collaborators. The Collective cultivates sustainable relationships seeking positive social and environmental impact. 

Dzimbanhete Arts & Culture Interactions Trust advocates for cultural investment in its mandate to promote the arts, culture, and heritage. Through prioritising heritage preservation and enabling the promotion of indigenous knowledge practices, Dzimbanhete supports the spirit of Pan Africanism and Ubuntu. Aspiration 5 of Agenda 2063 of the African Union envisions “An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage and shared values and ethics” which is at the core of Dzimbanhete as a cultural resources centre.