Kudzanai Chiurai / Dying to be men / 2009

About

Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Cape Town by young Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai. Based in Johannesburg, Chiurai’s practice as an artist and activist has garnered him considerable attention. Whilst working within the formal gallery system, his practice is also located in informal networks and situations. In the lead-up to the 2008 Zimbabwean elections Chiurai distributed stencils highlighting its political situation at solidarity meetings, creating a viral campaign in the streets of Johannesburg. This was followed by the publication of a series of open edition agitprop posters.

Dying to be Men continues Chiurai’s interest in the aesthetics of propaganda, and interrogates the visual legacy of political representation. At the convergence of major political events – elections in South Africa, the USA and Zimbabwe – Chiurai hones in on aspects of the image of the black president and his cabinet in particular. As such, the works on show unpack notions of masculinity and power, as evocatively suggested by the title of the exhibition.

Chiurai 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, African Now, a traveling exhibition in Scandinavia, as well as New Painting, a local traveling exhibition in 2006. His work is represented in the collections of BHP Biliton and Nando’s UK , amongst others.

  • The Black President

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Black President, 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photofiber paper

    150 x 100 cm

    Edition of 10

  • The Minister of Arts and Culture

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Arts and Culture , 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photofibre paper

    150 x 100 cm<...

  • The Minister of Health

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Health , 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    150 x 100 cm

    Edition of 10

  • The Minister of Finance

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Finance , 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    150 x 100

    Edition of 10

  • The Minister of Enterprise

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Enterprise , 2009

    Ultrachome ink on photo fibre paper

    150 x 100cm

    Edition of 10

  • The Minister of Defence

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Defence , 2009

    Ultrachome ink on photo fibre paper

    150 x 100cm

    Edition of 10

  • The Minister of Education

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Education, 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    150 x 100cm

    Edition of 10

  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    150 x 100cm

    Edition of 10

  • Item one on sale

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Item one on sale, 2009

    Oil and spray paint on canvas

    220 x 170

  • The perfect Isishebo

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The perfect Isishebo, 2009

    Oil and spray paint on canvas

    180 x 120 cm

  • Boy Next Door

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Boy Next Door, 2009

    Oil and spray paint on canvas

    180 x 120 cm

    Sold

  • Pampers

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Pampers, 2009

    Oil and spray paint on canvas

    180 x 120 cm

  • Untitled (I)

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled (I), 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    100 x 133 cm, Edition of 10 + 1 AP

    Edition of 10

    Sold

  • Untitled (II)

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled (II), 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    100 x 133cm

    Edition of 10

  • Untitled (III)

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled (III), 2009

    Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper

    100 x 133cm

    Edition of 10