Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011
03 November - 03 December 2011
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations II, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180 cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations III, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180cm Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations IV, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180 cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations V, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180 cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations VI, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180 cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations VII, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper (Edition of 10 + 1 AP)
100 x 194 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations VIII, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations IX, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations X, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations XII, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 180 x 120cm, Paper: 200 x 145 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations I, 2011
Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
Image: 120 x 180 cm Work: 145 x 200 cm Frame: 149 x 201.5 x 6 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
State of The Nation , 2011
Bronze Edition of 5 + 1 AP
Work: 153 x 120 x 110 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Portrait Study I, 2011
Oil on Canvas
Work: 76 x 61 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Portrait Study II, 2011
Oil on Canvas
Work: 70 x 55 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Portrait Study III, 2011
Oil on canvas
Work: 90 x 60 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Portrait Study IV, 2011
Oil on canvas
Work: 91 x 61 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Hotel Rwanda, 2011
Mixed Media on Canvas
Work: 200 x 120 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
White Picket, 2011
Mixed Media on canvas
Work: 200 x 120 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Procession, 2011
Oil on canvas
Work: 220 x 190 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
UbuNgoma, 2011
Oil on canvas
Work: 220 x 190 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Motherless Child, 2011
Oil on canvas
Work: 220 x 190 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
White wall, 2011
Mixed media on paper
Work: 60 x 50 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Revelations XI, 2011
Pigment inks on Innova photo fibre paper / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
120 x 150 cm / Image: 120 x 180cm, Paper: 145 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Sacrifice, 2011
Charcoal on paper
Work: 220 x 80 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Ritual, 2011
Charcoal on paper
Work: 220 x 80 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Iyeza, 2011
Blu-ray DVD, Edition of 5 + 1 AP
11'
Kudzanai Chiurai
Corinthians, 2011
Oil on canvas
Work: 120 x 232 x 5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled 1, 2011


Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled 2, 2011


Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011 - Installation View

03 November - 03 December 2011

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations II

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations III

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations IV

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations V

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations VI

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations VII

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations VIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations IX

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations X

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations XII

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations I

Kudzanai Chiurai

State of The Nation

Kudzanai Chiurai

Portrait Study I

Kudzanai Chiurai

Portrait Study II

Kudzanai Chiurai

Portrait Study III

Kudzanai Chiurai

Portrait Study IV

Kudzanai Chiurai

Hotel Rwanda

Kudzanai Chiurai

White Picket

Kudzanai Chiurai

Procession

Kudzanai Chiurai

UbuNgoma

Kudzanai Chiurai

Motherless Child

Kudzanai Chiurai

White wall

Kudzanai Chiurai

Revelations XI

Kudzanai Chiurai

Sacrifice

Kudzanai Chiurai

Ritual

Kudzanai Chiurai

Iyeza

Kudzanai Chiurai

Corinthians

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled 1

Kudzanai Chiurai

Untitled 2

In award-winning artist Kudzanai Chiurai’s State of the Nation, the notion of “state” is explored as a utopia and an action, a state of mind as well as a status. This new exhibition will take place at two venues: a warehouse on Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street in Newtown and Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts on Main. Between the two venues, the show features photographic prints, drawings, large oil paintings, video, sound installation and performance with a focus on youth culture. State of the Nationproposes fresh ways of looking at the socio-politics of Africa today. It explores the African condition by juxtaposing the past and the present of a continent in the grip of violent civil wars.

The title State of the Nationis intended to explore aspects of a constructed African state that has just been ravaged by conflict. “On a continent that has experienced more violent conflict than any other, this exhibition follows an individual’s narration of events that lead up to the inaugural speech by the first supposedly democratically elected prime minister. This leader styled along many of our existing African leaders, retells the history of a people from another time, but still Africa’s time…” says the artist.

With Melissa Mboweni as curator of the project and collaborations with photographer Jurie Potgieter and singers Thandiswa Mazwai and Zaki Ibrahim, Chiurai references child soldiers, African liberation movements, and civil wars. He tracks the similarities in the societal, political and ideological fabric of states in tumultuous times of transition. Notions of public and private are raised in performances taking place in the streets of Newtown and in basements with limited access. A sound installation scores the gallery experience. Representations of spectacle perpetuated by the media are brought to question. Scenes captured in photographs, drawings and paintings play into popular hip-hop imagery.

In a similar style to previous bodies of work (such as his Dying to be Men series of 2009), Chiurai’s constructed environments are enticing and seductive but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalisation on war. Chiurai’s nation asks, “If we could write our history and chart our futures as we please, who would we be?”
Born in 1981 in Zimbabwe, Kudzanai Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed young artist now living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was the first black student to graduate with a BA Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. Regarded as part of the “born free” generation in Zimbabwe – born one year after the country’s independence from Rhodesia – Chiurai’s early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland. Seminal works such as Presidential Wallpaper depict Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as a sell-out and led to Chiurai’s exile from his home country. Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2003 and has participated in various local and international exhibitions, most recently Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photographyat the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Nowat the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which acquired Chiurai’s work for their collection.

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.