Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence

Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence
31 August - 14 October 2017
Installation View
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 173.5 x 130 cm Work: 193.5 x 150 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence II, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XVI, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Work: 90 x 255.55 cm Image: 70 x 235.55 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XVIIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
What more can one ask for?, 2017
Theodolite, security fence, red earth
Work: 200 x 200 x 200 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Soleil 3- Title TBC, 2017
Single Channel Digital film

Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XIIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence I, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence VI, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence III, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 173.5 x 130 cm Work: 193.5 x 150 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Sins of the Father, 2016
Single-channel digital video
3 min 15 sec
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XI, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence VIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Soleil 4- Title TBC, 2017
Single Channel Digital film

Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
While the Harvest Rots : The possessing worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai's art, 2017


Kudzanai Chiurai
While The Harvest Rots : Possessing Worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai's Art (Deluxe edition), 2017
Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper
Image: 50.63 x 41.13 cm Work: 55.63 x 46.13 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XVIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 173.5 x 130 cm Work: 193.5 x 150 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence V, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence IIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 173.5 x 130 cm Work: 193.5 x 150 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Land Claims Confessional, 2017
Sound installation, wood, fabric, neon, wallpaper
Work: 220 x 221 x 128 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence VIIII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence (Chapters 1-7), 2017
Single Channel Film

Kudzanai Chiurai
Transfer of Ownership (triptych), 2017
Screenprints with ink and wax on Fabriano, brass seals, box
Image: 50 x 38 x 5 cm Variable Dimensions
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XVII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 173.5 x 130 cm Work: 193.5 x 150 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence XV, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 173.5 x 130 cm Work: 193.5 x 150 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
The Invention of Africa III, 2017
Collage and paint on paper
Work: 109 x 79 cm Frame: 123 x 93 x 3.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence VII, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
We Live in Silence X, 2017
Pigment ink on Fibre paper
Image: 130 x 173.5 cm Work: 150 x 193.5 cm
Kudzanai Chiurai
Soliel 2 - Title TBC, 2017
Single Channel digital film

Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence - Installation View

31 August - 14 October 2017

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence II

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XVI

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XVIIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

What more can one ask for?

Kudzanai Chiurai

Soleil 3- Title TBC

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XIIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence I

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence VI

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence III

Kudzanai Chiurai

Sins of the Father

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XI

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence VIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

Soleil 4- Title TBC

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XII

Kudzanai Chiurai

While the Harvest Rots : The possessing worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai's art

Kudzanai Chiurai

While The Harvest Rots : Possessing Worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai's Art (Deluxe edition)

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XVIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence V

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence IIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

Land Claims Confessional

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence VIIII

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence (Chapters 1-7)

Kudzanai Chiurai

Transfer of Ownership (triptych)

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XVII

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence XV

Kudzanai Chiurai

The Invention of Africa III

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence VII

Kudzanai Chiurai

We Live in Silence X

Kudzanai Chiurai

Soliel 2 - Title TBC

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
31 August – 14 October 2017

The Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill
Opening Saturday 9 September at 18:00

Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce a major, dual-location exhibition by Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai, titled We Live in Silence, in which a new series of characteristically theatrical and politically charged works (photographs, videos, drawings, paintings and installation) will be presented.

Taking place across Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Constitution Hill, We Live in Silence marks the final installment in a three-part series that began with Revelations (2011) and continued with Genesis [Je n’isi isi] (2016). Taken as a whole, this ambitious body of work disrupts what the artist refers to as ’colonial futures’, creating ‘counter-memories’ within his images to contest dominant colonial narratives.

The exhibition takes Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondo’s critically acclaimed 1967 drama Soleil Ô as its starting point, responding, in particular, to the colonial mindset encapsulated in the following line from the film:

‘It’s crucial to be able to select individuals capable of speaking as we do, capable of thinking as we do, capable of retaining, of absorbing, yes absorbing words as we do and above all giving them the same meaning, and so there’ll soon be millions of white-washed blacks, white-washed and economically enslaved’.

In We Live in Silence, Chiurai dissects the film through similitude, recreating scenes intercut with visual references from popular culture and art historical sources to stage alternative colonial histories and futures that reject this notion that African migrants are to think, speak and understand language like their colonisers.

The exhibition also repositions the female role in recent struggle histories – recasting the lead character as a woman in the black liberation narrative to challenge the gender bias inherent to such narratives, which tend to pit a black male as the victim of colonisation and, hence, the liberator of the post-colony.

As with previous work, Chiurai collaborated with an award-winning production team: photographer Jurie Potgieter, art director Dylan Lloyd, stylist Bee Diamondhead, set designer Johann Krynauw, director of photography Adam Benton, sound producer João Orecchia, performance director Lindiwe Matshikiza and Botshelo Motuba who plays the main character throughout the photographic series.

Kudzanai Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed artist born in Zimbabwe in 1981. He was the first black student to graduate with a BA Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. Born one year after Zimbabwe’s emergence from white-ruled Rhodesia, Chiurai’s early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland. Coinciding with We Live in Silence, Chiurai will have an early retrospective at Zeitz MOCAA in September this year. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions with Goodman Gallery, accompanied by publications co-edited by the artist alongside leading African creatives, such as Mbali Soga and Lodi Matsetela. A new monograph on his work, While the Harvest Rots: Possessing Worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai’s Art, was published by Goodman Gallery earlier this year.

Chiurai has participated in major exhibitions at institutions such as SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, USA, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His work has been acquired by MoMA, Pigozzi Collection, Walther Collection, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Zeitz MoCAA and Iziko SANG. In 2013, his film Iyeza was one of the few African films to be included in the New Frontier shorts programme at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, Chiurai’s Conflict Resolution series was included in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and he was awarded the FNB Artist of the Year Prize.

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.