Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011

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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.

  • Revelations II

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations II, 2011

    Exhibition print / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper

  • Revelations III

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations III, 2011

    Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper / Ultra chrome ink on Inno...

  • Revelations IV

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations IV, 2011

    Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper

    Image: 120 x 180 cm...

  • Revelations V

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations V, 2011

    Exhibition print / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper / Ultra c...

  • Revelations VI

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations VI, 2011

    Exhibition print / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper

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  • Revelations VII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations VII, 2011

    Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper (Edition of 10 + 1 AP)

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  • Revelations VIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations VIII, 2011

    Exhibition print / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper / Ult...

  • Revelations IX

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations IX, 2011

    Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innov...

  • Revelations X

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations X, 2011

    Pigment inks on Innova photo fibre paper / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova pho...

  • Revelations XII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations XII, 2011

    Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper

    Image: 180 x 120cm,...

  • Revelations I

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations I, 2011

    Exhibition print / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper

    I...

  • State of The Nation

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    State of The Nation , 2011

    Bronze / Edition of 5 + 1 AP

    153 x 120 x 110cm

    Edition of 5

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  • Portrait Study I

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Portrait Study I, 2011

    Oil on Canvas

    70 x 55 cm

  • Portrait Study II

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Portrait Study II, 2011

    Oil on Canvas

    70 x 55 cm

  • Portrait Study III

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Portrait Study III, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 60 cm

  • Portrait Study IV

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Portrait Study IV, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 60 cm

  • Hotel Rwanda

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Hotel Rwanda, 2011

    Mixed Media on Canvas

    200 x 120 cm

  • White Picket

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    White Picket, 2011

    Mixed Media on canvas

    200 x 120 cm

  • Procession

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Procession, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    220 x 190 cm

  • Ubungoma

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Ubungoma, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    220 x 190 cm

  • Motherless Child

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Motherless Child, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    220 x 190 cm

  • White wall

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    White wall, 2011

    Mixed media on paper

    60 x 50cm

  • Revelations XI

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Revelations XI, 2011

    Pigment inks on Innova photo fibre paper / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova ph...

  • Untitled (Woman I)

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled (Woman I), 2011

    Charcoal on paper

    220x 80cm

  • Iyeza

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Iyeza, 2011

    Edition of 5

  • Corinthians

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Corinthians, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    Dimensions variable

  • Untitled 1

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled 1, 2011

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled 2

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled 2, 2011

    Edition of 5

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