Calvin Dondo


The exhibition Vahombe: Vanobuda Mumvura Vachikwira Kumakore is a series of photographs that merge skyscapes with historical images of Zimbabwe.

The photographs are a merger between skyscapes and images of the leaders of the First Chimurenga. Thus the prject aims to explore themes of dominance, defiance and subjugation through a process of obscuring or illumination in a myriad of color.
Their ethereal quality hopes to evoke a poetic connection between the present and the past both physical and political as well as the world of the tangible and spiritual. The figures of Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, Mukwati, amongst others, are an echo from the past and reminder of our forgotten heroes and lost traditions. The correlation between contemporary life and traditional culture is highlighted by the juxtaposition of urban, archival and mythical elements in the photographs.


Calvin Dondo is photographer, born in 1963 in Harare, where he lives and works. 

2013 Vahombe at Jelele Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe
2012 Calvin Dondo 1988 - 2011 Munich and Bayrueth , Germany
2008 Patchwork Families, Foyer of Kulturreferat, Munich/ Germany
2004 Where the Narr meets Nyau, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
2002 Bayreuth through the eye of a foreign Photographer, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
1992 Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe [GHOGM]

2011 Paris Photo and Photoquai, France
2011 54th Venice biennale
2010 Gwanza 10th Anniversary, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
2008 Becoming MOCAD, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA
TICA 4th, Yokohama Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Rencontres Internationales de la photo, Morocco
PICHA Rencontres, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
2007 Planet Africa, Essen, Nuremberg, Saarbrucken, Berlin, Munich, Baden- Wurttemberg
The Ritual of Installation, Museum of the Last art, Paris, France
2006 Les Galeries Plastique- Bamako, Ouagadougou, Dakar Niamey, Accra, Lome, Abidjan and Cotonou
2004 Visions of Africa, Salzburg Modern art Museum, Austria
Paris, France; Salzburg Modern art Museum, Austria
2003 Havana Biennale, Cuba
2001 - 2011 Bamako Photography Festival Traveling Sections in Europe, America, Asia and Africa

2006, 2011 Villa Waldbertha, Munich
2001 Iwalewa Haus, University of Bayreuth, in conjunction with the Kurier, a prestigious Conrad Adaneur Special Press Prize
1992 Panos Institute, UK Fellowship Award to document Gold Panning in Zimbabwe

2007 Grand Prize, Seydou Keita Prize- Bamako 2007
2005 Fuji Film Africa- 2nd Portrait Prize
2001 Konrad Adenauer Special Press prize with the Kurier of Bayreuth, Germany 

1 Wedge Curatorial Projects Collections, Canada
2 Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany
3 Agency French Development (AFD), Paris, France
4 Staatliche Museum fur Volkerkunde, Munich, Germany
5 National Gallery of Zimbabwe