Open call: How Come

May 2019

How Come, is an exhibition confronting the current prevalent issues of shared phobias. Inspired by the song, How Come by Youssou N’dour, the exhibition will respond to common yet undesirable questions and situations that many people find themselves in. Questions are simple to ask yet the answers are hard to come by.

HowCome I am poor, HowCome I am single, HowCome I am sad, HowCome I have no child, HowCome we lost, HowCome they lie. 

How come also is also sends a direct appeal to the future from the time preceding major political and economic shifts that Zimbabweans find themselves in. The exhibitions in Bulawayo continues to provide a coherent role that the arts play to the present. Like the song, it continues to seek the desire for a ‘liberator’. It explores the economic potential of learning to question knowledge systems inspired by historical narratives that contribute to the current political and economic situation where we endeavour to be as a people. We continue to be interested in different alignments of knowledge and power that enable contradictions and complications.

With this in mind;

Submissions can be made by any artist practicing in Zimbabwean. Submitted artworks may fall into a wide range of genres associated with art and design these include painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, design, craft, sound and any new media. Submissions must reach the National Gallery in Bulawayo on 25 May 2019. The Curator will do studio visits between 25 and 27 to those that would have submitted. Entry forms will be emailed

Exhibition will be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, one of the largest and most beautiful spaces for contemporary art in the country, the preview will be on Friday 31 May at 1730hrs and run until 21 June 2019

For additional information, please contact Cliford Zulu,

NGB 75 Joshua N M Nkomo Street Bulawayo,

T: +263 2922 70721  E: