“My body of photographs, Revelations, started in 2011, explore the way in which Africa is imagined and understood in the West as well as questioning the contemporary African condition by juxtaposing the past and the present of a continent in constant the grip of violent civil wars. These constructed environments are enticing and seductive but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalization on war.“
Kudzanai Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean mixed-media artist. He was the first black student to graduate with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. Born one year after Zimbabwe’s emergence from British colonial rule – Chiurai’s early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in Zimbabwe.
Described as a poet, activist and a cultural philosopher he engages political and social issues in his multi faceted multi media practice. Primarily recognized as a painter; Chiurai works with photography, text, sound installation and video/film. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, street art, youth culture and graffiti; exploring themes of urban space; with the psychological and physical experience of inner city Johannesburg where exiles, refugees and asylum-seekers survive. His themes take on the all too real contemporary issues of xenophobia and displacement, as well as the constructed political nature of African states, using stereotyped characters as if they were narratives of soap operas.
One his best known creations is “Dying To Be Men” (2009), a series of comically vulgar mock portrait photographs of government officials. As as increasingly important figure in African art; Chiurai has a solo exhibition taking place at Maputo’s Kulungwana Association’s “Sala de Espera” Gallery, on the 22nd October at 18h00. He will be in attendance for a presentation on the morning of Thursday the 22nd of October at 10:30am at Kulungwana’s gallery, Platform 5 at the Central Train Station (CFM), Praça dos Trabalhadores, Maputo. Entrance to both events is free. The exhibition will run from the 22nd of October till the 21st of November.
Read more about him here.