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ZIMBABWE CULTURAL CENTRE IN DETROIT’Smission is to educate, archive, & promote the arts & culture of Zimbabwe. We continuously strive to encourage strong ties between culture-producers & residents in Zimbabwe, Detroit, & abroad, acting as catalysts for critical artistic production as well as cultural exchange between communities.



  

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WISH YOU
WERE HERE


Harleem Rasul aka Stringz in Mutare while on a ZCCD Research Residence, holding a postcard of the Mutare Post Office illustrated by Detroit artist, Sabrina Nelson.▲
ZCCD co-founder, Kumbulani Zamuchiya, holding a postcard illustration of Burk’s Igllo Icecream drwn by Mutare artist, Bradean Chitenduru.▲
Wish you were here is a postcard project through the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit (ZCCD) in Partnership with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Two border cities that exist as immigrant cities looks at how postcards are seen as a memory of a space, and in this case, a fantasy of a space.

Images of cultural or historical locations from one city are taken and sent to artists to illustrate from the other city more than eight thousand miles away. So the postcards for the city of Muatre have been illustrated by Detroit artists similarly to these postcards of Detroit and Hamtramck where illustratred by artists in Mutare.
Some of the artists from Detroit who have participated are Clinton Snyder, Tim VanLaar, Stephanie Beur, Dylan Spaysky, Sabrina Nelson, and Julie George. Some of the Mutare artists are the late Eben Gowero, Bradean Chitenduru, Mrs Sharon Bilang, Christwish Mulunga Brendon Muchabaiwa, Enock Matumbure, Biggie Matore, and Kundai Mharadze. Phptpgraphers who initated the exchange of images where Aisha Haji-Jama (Detroit) and Abraham Mudefi (Mutare). The project is co-curated by Chido Johnson (ZCCD) and Elizabeth Muusha of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in the mountains of Mutare.
collection at Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI ▶
◄ (LEFT) Director Elizabeth Muusha with the postcard collection at the NGZ in Mutare.

◄ (RIGHT) Aisha Haji-Jama (Detroit) taking pictures from Detroit sites for postcards.
▲ Kowalski Sausage Co., Hamtramck, (Michigan, USA) by Mutare artist, Eben Gowero from an image taken by Aisha Haji and back design by Nontsikelelo Mutiti.

 ZIMBABWE

19.0154° S, 29.1549° E

POSTCARDS OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN

BY ARTISTS FROM MUTARE

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

DETROIT, MI, USA

ARTIST / Biggie Matore2014 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE


Burk’s Igloo Icecream

Hamtramck, MI, USA 

ARTIST / Bradean Chitenderu  / 2013 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE






Motown Museum

DETROIT, MI, USA

ARTIST / Brendon Muchabaiwa / 2014 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE


Baitul Mukarram Masjid
Hamtramck, MI, USA

ARTIST / Christwish Mulunga / 2013 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE





 
The Kowalski Sausage CoMPANY
Hamtramck, MI, USA

ARTIST / Eben Gowero / 2013 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
DETROIT, MI, USA

ARTIST / Enock Matumbure / 2013 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE



POPPS EMPORIUM | POPPS PACKING

Detroit, MI, USA

ARTIST / George Chimbadzwa / 2018 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE






ONE MILE

DETROIT, MI, USA

ARTIST / Kundai Mharadze / 2016 / from Mutare, ZIMBABWE



HINDU TEMPLE
HAMTRAMCK, MI, USA

ARTIST / Sharon Bilang / 2013 / from MUTARE, ZIMBABWE


DETROIT

42.3314° N, 83.0458° W

POSTCARDS OF MUTARE BY ARTISTS FROM DETROIT

Moffat Hall
MUTARE, ZIMBABWE 

ARTIST / Clinton Snider / 2013 / 
from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA 




National Gallery of Zimbabwe Mutare
MUTARE, ZIMBABWE

ARTIST / Dylan Spaysky / 2013 / from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA





The Post Office
MUTARE, ZIMBABWE

ARTIST / Sabrina Nelson / 2013 / from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA 





Herbert Chitepo Road
Mutare, Zimbabwe

ARTIST / Stephanie Ann Buer / 2013 /
from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA 




Mutare Hall

MUTARE, ZIMBABWE

ARTIST / Fatima Sow / 2014 /
from DETROIT, MICHIGAN






Civic Centre

MUTARE, ZIMBABWE

ARTIST / Julie George / 2016 / from DETROIT, MI, USA 



Fire Brigade Building

MUTARE, ZIMBABWE

ARTIST / Tim VanLaar / 2014 / from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA
 

ANN ARBOR

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DAAS GALLERY DEPARTMENT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES 42.2808° N, 83.7430° W

WISH YOU WERE HERE EXHIBIT

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies’ GalleryDAAS in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit presented: Wish you were here, a postcard project, which is curated through the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit (ZCCD) in Partnership with the Ngz Mutare(National Gallery of Zim­babwe in Mutare), Zimbabwe. The exhibit opened to the public on Thursday, September 13 at 4:30 - 6:30p.m. Two border cities that exist as immigrant cities look at how postcards are seen as a memory of a space, and in this case, a fantasy of a space.  Images of cultural or historical locations from one city are taken and sent to artists to illustrate from the other city more than eight thousand miles away. The postcards for the city of Mutare have been illustrated by Detroit artists similarly to the postcards of Detroit and Hamtramck where illustrated by artists in Mutare. The initial images where photographed by Aisha Saeed -Aisha Haji-Jama (Detroit) and @Abraham Mudefi (Mutare). This project is co-curated by Chido Johnson (ZCCD) and Elizabeth Muusha, the Regional Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare.

Participating artists from Detroit: Stephanie Ann BuerJulie George, Sabrina Nelson, Clinton Snider, Dylan SpayskyTimothy van Laar, Fatima Sow Dawson, Faina LermanParticipating artists from Mutare: Sharon Bilang,  Bradean Chitenderu, Eben Gowero, Biggie Matore, Enock Matumbure, Kundai Annah Mharadze, Brendon Muchabaiwa, Christwish Mulunga, George Chimbadzwa
The exhibit will feature the original drawings for the postcards created, as well as other selections from the centre’s archive in Detroit. I wish you were here will run from September 13–November 14, 2018, Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm.The exhibit is in conjunction with another ZCCD project called “The Jit Exchange.” This project is centered between Detroit Jit dance and Zimbabwean dances derived from their Jit Music. More information on the project and participating artists look at http://zccd.org/projects/jit/ The performance will be at the UMMA Aspe, with musical support from SMTD students and alumni, and in collaboration with the Center for World Performance Studies. The fall exhibit for GalleryDAAS & the Jit Exchange Performance are part of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art’s exhibit of modern African artists “Beyond Borders: Global Africa”(August 11–November 25, 2018).

Zimbabwean Cultural Centre of Detroit (ZCCD) has been founded for and by artists living in Zimbabwe and outside its borders. The organization serves to dismantle naturally occurring as well as constructed boundaries, both physical and otherwise with a view to promote community with the global and local in mind. Recognizing our role as cultural ambassadors we endeavor to foster a culture of research, dialogue, and production across geographic boundaries of Detroit, Michigan and Zimbabwe. Our goal is to encourage strong ties between culture producers and residents in both Zimbabwe and Detroit acting as catalysts for critical artistic production as well as cultural exchange between these two diverse communities.GalleryDAAS exhibits contemporary black visual art. Collaborating with artists, curators, critics and art historians as well as with DAAS/U-M faculty and students, the gallery celebrates and interrogates the creativity of artists of Africa and its diasporas, not only in our exhibitions, but through our artist residency program and by offering gallery-based learning opportunities for DAAS and the broader U-M community.GalleryDAAS presents two or three exhibitions a year during the fall and winter semesters. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Haven Hall in Room G648.
◄ Sharing, planning and imagining with Shakiera Ibrahim, Arielle Chen, Elizabeth Ann James, and Stephen Ward at ZCCD
Director of DAAS Gallery, Elizabeth Ann James, at the reception welcome table of the exhibit. ▶
◄ Detail of installation. Centrally located were two maps, one of Detroit and one of Mutare that marked locations of places depicted in the postcards.