Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017

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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.

  • We Live in Silence XIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 173.5 x 130cm; Paper: 193.5 x 150cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence XIIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XIIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

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  • We Live in Silence XVIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XVIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 173.5 x 130cm; Paper 193.5 x 150cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence XVI

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XVI, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    100 x 336.5cm / 90 x 255.55cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence XVII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XVII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 173.4 x 130cm; Paper 193.5 x 150cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence XVIIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XVIIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5 cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5 cm

    Edition of 10

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  • We Live in Silence XV

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XV, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 173.5 x 130cm; Paper: 193.5 x 150cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence I

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence I, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm ; Paper 150 x 193.5 cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence II

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence II, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence V

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence V, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence VI

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence VI, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence VII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence VII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence III

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence III, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image:173.5 x 130cm; Paper: 193.5x 150cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence IIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence IIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image:173.5 x 130cm; Paper: 193.5 x 150cm

    Edition of 10

  • What more can one ask for?

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    What more can one ask for?, 2017

    Theodolite, security fence, red earth

    200 x 200 x 200cm

  • Sins of the Father

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Sins of the Father, 2016

    Single-channel digital video

    3 min 15 sec

    Edition of 5

  • Land Claims Confessional

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Land Claims Confessional, 2017

    Sound installation, wood, fabric, neon, wallpaper

    Wallpaper: 3350 mm height x 4672 mm width

    ...

  • The Invention of Africa III

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    The Invention of Africa III, 2017

    Collage and paint of paper

    109 x 79 cm

  • We Live in Silence VIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence VIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence VIIII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence VIIII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

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  • We Live in Silence X

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence X, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence XI

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XI, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

  • We Live in Silence XII

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    We Live in Silence XII, 2017

    Pigment ink on Fibre paper

    Image: 130 x 173.5cm; Paper: 150 x 193.5cm

    Edition of 10

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

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    While the Harvest Rots : The possesing worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai's art, 2017

  • Transfer of Ownership (triptych)

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Transfer of Ownership (triptych), 2017

    Screenprints with ink and wax on Fabriano, brass seals, box

  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]
  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]
  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]
  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]
  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]
  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]
  • Installation picture [Kudzanai Chiurai / We Live in Silence / 2017]