Kudzanai Chiurai - image maitre
Born in 1981
Lives & works in Harare, , Zimbabwe
Shortlisted for Future generation Art Prize - 2014
FNB Art Prize - 2012
Top 200 Young South Africans, Mail & Guardian - 2011
Top 100 Dazzlers and Doers in South Africa, Mail & Guardian, South Africa - 2005
Private Collections : BHP Billiton, London, UK; Click Media, Johannesburg, SA; Nandos, London, UK; Pigozzi Collection, FRA; Tiroche Deleon Collection
Public Collections : Sindika Dokolo Collection, ANG;
Presentation of the artist
Kudzanai Chiurai (b. 1981) is an internationally acclaimed young artist born in Zimbabwe. Born one year after Zimbabwe’s emergence from white-ruled Rhodesia, Chiurai’s early work has focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland however, his art practice spans a diverse range of media. From large mixed media works and paintings that tackle some of the most pertinent issues facing Southern Africa such as xenophobia, displacement and black empowerment, Chiurai’s artworks confront viewers with the psychological and physical experience of inner-city environments of African metropolitans, seeing these spaces as the continent’s most cosmopolitan melting pots in which thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers who battle for survival alongside the never-ending swell of newly urbanized denizens.
As an increasingly important figure in contemporary African art, Chiurai has expanded his art and activist practice to include photography and video: mediums that enable the artist to address pertinent issues facing his generation of southern Africans.
Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2003 and has participated in various local and international exhibitions, such as ‘Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography’ (2011) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and ‘Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now’ (2011) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Other notable exhibitions include ‘The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited’ curated by Simon Njami at Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2014) and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah USA (2015), as well as ‘Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier’ (2017) at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and ‘Regarding the Ease of Others’ (2017) at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
His Conflict Resolution series was exhibited at DOCUMENTA (13) (2012) in Kassel and the film Iyeza was one of the few African films to be included in the New Frontier shorts programme at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions with Goodman Gallery and has edited four publications with contributions by leading African creatives. At present, the artist lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Nationality : Zimbabwe
In connection with
Born in Zimbabwe
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Solo exhibitions & presentations
Genesis [Je n’isi isi]- We Live in Silence,IFA, Stuttgart, Germny
Madness and Civiliazation, Södertälje Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2018*_We Live in Silence, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, USA
Madness and Civilization, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
While the Harvest Rots, Lundgren Gallery, Palma, Spain
We Need New Names, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Publications & essays
Lodi Matsetela (ed) Lines Volume 3. STATE OF THE NATION, Goodman Gallery
Lien Heidenreich-Seleme & Sean O’Toole (eds), über(w)unden: Art in Troubled Times, Jacana Media
Peter Anders and Matthew Krouse (eds),Positions: Contemporary South African Artists, Jacana Media
Mbali Soga (ed), Lines Volume 2. THE BLACK PRESIDENT, Goodman Gallery
Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman (eds), Younger Than Jesus: The Reader, New Museum and Steidl
Lines Volume 1. YELLOW LINES