Kudzanai  Chiurai

Kudzanai Chiurai

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Born in 1981

Lives & works in Harare, , Zimbabwe

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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;

Collected by museums and foundations : MoMA - Museum of Modern Art / Zeitz - Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) / The Walther FoundationIziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, SA;


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.

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Nationality : Zimbabwe

Painting Photography Films Video Contemporary Art

In connection with

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg - South Africa


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1981

Born in Zimbabwe

Education

2006

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

Genesis [Je n’isi isi]- We Live in Silence,IFA, Stuttgart, Germny

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2019

Madness and Civiliazation, Södertälje Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

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2018

2018*_We Live in Silence, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, USA

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2018

Madness and Civilization, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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2018

While the Harvest Rots, Lundgren Gallery, Palma, Spain

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2017

We Need New Names, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

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Publications & essays

2012

Lodi Matsetela (ed) Lines Volume 3. STATE OF THE NATION, Goodman Gallery

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2011

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme & Sean O’Toole (eds), über(w)unden: Art in Troubled Times, Jacana Media

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2011

Peter Anders and Matthew Krouse (eds),Positions: Contemporary South African Artists, Jacana Media

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2010

Mbali Soga (ed), Lines Volume 2. THE BLACK PRESIDENT, Goodman Gallery

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2009

Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman (eds), Younger Than Jesus: The Reader, New Museum and Steidl

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2008

Lines Volume 1. YELLOW LINES

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