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Calvin Dondo

Zimbabwe

Calvin Dondo is an established artist and curator. He studied photography at the Harare Polytechnic from 1985 – 1988. His photography has the ability to depict the respect he has for the individual identities of those he captures through his camera. His passion for storytelling through images earned him wide international acclaim. He is the founder and curator of GWANZA, an artists’ collective which organizes each year the exhibition Month of Photography in Zimbabwe.


His work as a freelance photographer has been published in various local and international publications. His first monograph Hodhii Zimbabwe was published in 2014. Calvin Dondo’s work has been collected internationally and at home in Zimbabwe. He has exhibited in major international platforms such as the 54th Venice Biennale, Havana Biennale, Paris Photo, and multiple times at Bamako Encounters (African Photography Biennale). He has also exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit), Yokahoma Museum of Modern Art (Japan), Manchester City Art Gallery, Salzburg Modern Art Museum, and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Barcelona. He represented Zimbabwe at the 54th Venice Biennale and has exhibited at the Havana Biennale, Paris Photo, and multiple times at Bamako Encounters (African Photography Biennale). He has won a number of awards including the Grand Prize at Bamako Encounters (2007) and the Konrad Adenauer Special Press Prize. His work forms part of collections of Institutions such as the Museum of Volkerkunde and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. His photographs have been collected by private collectors in Europe and at home in Zimbabwe.

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