Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010
Kudzanai Chiurai extends his foray into the murky world of African politics with a new installation at Goodman Gallery Project Space, Johannesburg. Taking his cue from a series of large-scale photographs critiquing the representation and aesthetics of political power produced for his solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape in 2009, Chiurai moves the action forward with a series of large linocuts, an oversized mural, and the fictional remains of a presidential assassination.
Though he is known primarily as a painter, Chiurai extends his practice to a broad public engagement not always possible in the confines of the white cube. His work as a producer, editor, and designer is often located in informal networks and situations and is intimately connected to his political activism. This wide-ranging approach to making art is demonstrated in a body of work that embraces photography, publishing, music, public art, and fashion. COMMUNISTS AND HOT CHICKEN WINGS: THE BIRTH OF A NEW NATION brings together these various strands, and showcases Chiurai’s searing and ironic take on the confluence of sex, money, and politics in contemporary South Africa. A new publication edited by Chiurai, with contributions by leading creatives, accompanies the exhibition.
Kudzanai Chiurai was born in Zimbabwe, and currently lives and works in the city of Johannesburg. He completed a BAFA at the University of Pretoria and has participated in a number of local and international group exhibitions, including the Dakar Biennale, Senegal; Africa Now, a travelling exhibition in Scandinavia; as well as New Painting, a local travelling exhibition in 2006.
The Goodman Gallery has exhibited his recent work at PhotoParis 2009, the 2010 Armory fair in New York, and Art Basel Miami Beach 2009. His work is represented in the collections of Iziko South African National Gallery, BHP Billiton, and Nandos UK, amongst others.