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Raphael Chikukwa was born in Zimbabwe and worked mainly as an independent curator for ten years before joining the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2010 as its Chief Curator. In his current position, Chikukwa hopes to change the visual arts landscape of Zimbabwe. Chikukwa curated the first and second Zimbabwe Pavilions at the 54th and 55th Venice Biennales. Since 2011, Chikukwa has taken part in a number of forums that include the Johannesburg Art Fair 2013; Arco Madrid 2013; Re Zimbabwe Pavilion talk at INIVA in London; 1st World Biennale Forum in South Korea; KLA ART 012, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival; and Condition Report forum in Senegal. He is a founding member of the PUMA funded Creative Africa Network, and was an editor and advisor for the project (2008–09). Recently, he was among seven curators from Africa who attended the Tate Modern Symposium, Curating in Africa, where he presented a paper on his curatorial practice. In 2008, Chikukwa represented Africa at Art Basel Miami Conversations. The American Centre Foundation also awarded Chikukwa a curatorial research grant for which he travelled in West Africa (2006–07). He was awarded as the 2006–07 Chevening Scholar, and now holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University, London.