“Not born free; Zimbabwe 1975-1985” inaugural exhibit

Submission Call

A call for submission of photographs for an inaugural photo series exhibition, showcasing Zimbabweans on the continent and  in the diaspora during a pivotal time in history: pre-during-post independence 1975-1985 +/- 3 years.

Curated by Dr Rungano Muzondo & Kholisile Dhliwayo 

About the Exhibition

Historically, traditional Zimbabwean history has been passed orally. This project seeks to build on this tradition by collating and creating an archive that gives more credence and contributes to a fuller historical narrative. 

As children known as the“Born Free” generation , the curators  would like to take the initiative to discover and showcase the everyday lives of our parents’ generation. We would like to enrich your oral tales and build a more complete picture of what the fashion and social life was like; what the architecture was like and compare the evolving landscape. There is an opportunity and  space in the current narrative for the greater Zimbabwean community to celebrate our history through this exhibition.

We hope to use your photographs to provide a platform/space where we can showcase  your narrative as you tell it, both through photos and the accompanying stories. This is an opportunity where we, your children, the diasporan community, and the community at large will get to celebrate our history. We hope to get a glimpse into life in Zimbabwe and get a sense of the personality of the generation during this period.

Exhibition Locations

Our initial exhibit will be in April 2020. Further showcases to be exhibited in New York City, and London.
*All exhibition entry will be free to the public*

Submission Criteria

  • All photographs must have been taken between 1975-1985 +/- 3 years
  • Submissions must have context/story to photos 
  • You may submit up to 10 photographs
  • Photographs must include a Zimbabwean, or a subject of Zimbabwean descent, or must have some connection to Zimbabwe 
  • At least one subject in the photograph needs to have been born before 1980 or the landscape/architecture should be in the period between 1975-1985
  • You must have permission/the rights to submit the photographs
  • The welfare of a subject and its environment must be placed ahead of the desire to showcase/exhibit. Upon submission, you certify that subjects were treated with respect and dignity.

What to Enter

Please submit a story with the photo i.e.  time, context, any historical points of interest from that time, etc.

Original black and white photographs are welcomed. 

Examples of what to enter include but are not limited to:

PORTRAITS: Photographs of yourself, your parents or other people with a short story

FASHION: For example pictures of fashions (formal attire, casual, traditional, print). 

Many fashion trends are inspired by that time period, we want to see what continues to inspire trends today.

SOCIAL: Events, objects or activities connecting Zimbabweans to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it meant to be a Zimbabwean at the time and provide a sense of what it was like to  live in Zimbabwe. 

PLACES & POINTS OF INTEREST: For example were you posing in certain parts of the city such as Africa Unity square? We would also like to document the evolving landscape of the country. 

How to submit photographs

Please submit photographs and requested information through our website whatsapp link below or email 

Photo Eligibility Criteria 

The submitter certifies that they are the subject or sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph,  or  has permission to submit. 

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain sexually explicit, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by the curators in their sole discretion, are ineligible for submission.

If the curators determine that a photograph is inappropriate they reserve the right not to exhibit it. 

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by submitting a photograph, you grant the curators a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the free exhibits and its website, including but not limited to publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer & subject credit as feasible. The curators will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry Deadline

Submission deadline Midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time, 12 March, 2020.




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