Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010

Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010
18 March - 10 May 2010
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010
18 March - 10 May 2010
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010
18 March - 10 May 2010
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010
18 March - 10 May 2010
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled III, 2010
Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper
Image: 72 x 109 cm, Paper: 80 x 117 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Popular Mechanics I, 2010
Linocut
Work: 205 x 109 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled II, 2010
Pigment inks on cotton rrag pape
Image: 72 x 109 cm, Paper: 80 x 117 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled 2010 , 2010
Mural Painting
Dimensions variable
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled I , 2010
Pigment inks on cotton rag paper
Image: 72 x 109 cm, Paper: 80 x 117 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Popular Mechanics II , 2010
Linocut
Frame: 231 x 125 x 7 cm Image: 215 x 109 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Popular Mechanics III, 2010
Linocut
215 x 109 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled (Flags I-V) , 2010
Wooden pole with fabric
Variable Dimensions
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled (the president's office), 2010
Mixed media with found objects
Variable Dimensions

Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010 - Installation View

18 March - 10 May 2010

Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010 - Installation View

18 March - 10 May 2010

Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010 - Installation View

18 March - 10 May 2010

Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010 - Installation View

18 March - 10 May 2010

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled III

Kudzanai Chiurai

Popular Mechanics I

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled II

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled 2010

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled I

Kudzanai Chiurai

Popular Mechanics II

Kudzanai Chiurai

Popular Mechanics III

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled (Flags I-V)

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled (the president's office)

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.

Kudzanai Chiurai

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.