Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

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Lives & works in London, , United Kingdom

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Nominee: Young Achiever of the Year, Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards - 2018

Young Achiever of the Year, Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards - 2016

Cass Art Materials Grant - 2016

Winner: Clyde & Co Award - 2016

Shortlisted: Bloomberg New Contemporaries - 2016

Residency - Dzimbanhete Arts and Culture Interactions Trust, Zimbabwe - 2018

Residency - The Gathering, Kenya - 2017

Private Collections : Nando’s Art Collection, UK; Fondation Blachère, France; Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Angola; Josef Vascovitz & Lisa Goodman, USA;

Collected by museums and foundations : Zeitz - Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)


Presentation of the artist

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s couageous and tender paintings reveal a deeply personal vision, exploring themes such as diaspora, displacement and identity, featuring self-portraits and images of her extended family.  For Hwami, powerful nudes raise questions about the black body and its representation, as well as sexuality, gender and spirituality. The artist’s influences include music, such as ZimHeavy & Afrobeats; literature, including the works of Carl Jung; and her own ongoing voyage of self-discovery.

Hwami’s process involves experimenting with photography and digitally collaged images, using these to create large works on paper or canvas with intensely pigmented oil paint, and often incorporating other media and techniques, such as silkscreen, pastel or charcoal.
Hwami was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe in 1993 and lived in South Africa until the age of 17.  She is currently based in the UK and on graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts in 2016, she was awarded the Clyde & Co. Award, the Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards and was shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries. In 2017, her first solo show, If you keep going South, you’ll meet yourself, at Tyburn Gallery was met with wide critical acclaim.

Recent group exhibitions include the 58th Venice Biennale Zimbabwe pavilion (2019). Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’Art Contemporain, France (2018);  Five Bhobh – Painting at the End of an Era, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); Vos désirs sont les nôtres, Triangle France, Marseille, France (2018); Talisman in the Age of Difference, curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Stephen Friedman Gallery, UK (2018); Ladies by Ladies, Espace Art Absolument, Paris, France (2018); Afriques: artistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, Fondation Clément, Martinique (2018); and Discoloured Margins, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2017). Hwami will present her first institutional solo exhibition at Gasworks in London, UK in September 2019 and will commence an MFA at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University.

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Painting Contemporary Art

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Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg - South Africa


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Born in Gutu, Zimbabwe

Education

2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK

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2013

BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design, North Manchester College

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

(15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N Gasworks, London, Gasworks, London, UK

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2017

If You Keep Going South You’ll Meet Yourself, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK

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2013

We Made You Nations & Tribes, CornExchange, Manchester, UK

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

Zimbabwean Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

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2018

Afriques: artistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui_, Fondation Clément, Martinique. Organised in collaboration with Musée Dapper, Paris, France

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2018

Ladies by Ladies, Espace Art Absolument, Paris, France

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2018

Talisman in the Age of Difference, curated by Yinka ShonibareMBE, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

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2018

Vos désirs sont les nôtres, Triangle France, Marseille, France

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2018

Five Bhobh – Painting at the End of an Era, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

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2018

Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’Art Contemporain, curated by Céline Kopp and Étienne Bernard, Rennes, France

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2017

Discoloured Margins_, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

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2016

_RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Lower Galleries, Edinburgh, UK

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2016

Black Blossoms Exhibition, UAL showroom, High Holborn, London, UK

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2016

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London, UK

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2016

Undergraduate Summer Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK

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2016

Find The Start, Copeland Gallery, London, UK

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