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Kudzanai Chiurai

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Born in 1981, Zimbabwe. Lives in Johannesburg

Chiurai’s scathing theatrical compositions about African power and corruption have won him a growing following. Born one year after Zimbawe’s emergence from white-ruled Rhodesia – Chiurai’s early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland. After leaving his home in Harare in 1999, he studied Fine Art at the University of Pretoria, where he was the first black student to graduate. He then became involved with exile politics and the growing opposition to President Robert Mugabe. He has not returned to his country since.

His works fluidly draw from hip-hop, street art, youth culture and graffiti. He explores themes of urban space, exile, xenophobia, and displacement, as well as the constructed nature of African states and the performative guises of leaders.The photographed presented here are part of a satirical series « The Parliament », of over the top, mock portraits. It depicts the fictitious characters of an imaginary government cabinet in a parody of media representations of masculinity and political power. The series draws upon the conventions of African studio portraiture, dramatised magazine features, hip-hop, film and fashion as well as the story lines, stereotyped characters and plots of soap operas.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014/2015
State of the Nation, Zeitz MOCAA Pavillion, V & A Waterfront

2014
This is not Africa, this is Us, Part I: Kunstahal Rotterdam

2013
Front Page , Mallorca Landings, Spain

2012
The Harvest of Thorns , The Assylem Atelje, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011
State of the Nation, Goodman Gallery project space, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
Communists and hot chicken wings: the birth of a new nation, Goodman Gallery project space, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
Dying To Be Men, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Yellow Lines, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

2007
Graceland Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

2005
Y Propaganda , Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

2004
Correction: The Revolution Will Be Televised , Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

2003
The revolution will not be televised, Brixton Art Gallery, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

2014
Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

2014
Nevralgies, Galarie Maia Muller, Paris

2014
Daegue Biennale, South Korea

2014
Arles Discovery Award Exhibition, Arles

2014
Surfacing, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

2014
This is not Africa, this is Us, Part II: Art Rotterdam

2014
This is not Africa, this is Us, Part III: West den Haag

2014
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

2013/2015
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, Walther Collection, Ulm Germany

2013/2014
Pop Goes the Revolution, New Church, Cape Town.

2013
LagosPhoto 2013: The Megacity and the Non-City , Art21, Victoria Island, Lagos

2013
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2013
!Kauru, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2013
eMerging: Visual Art and Music in a Post-Hip-Hop Era, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, (MoCADA), New York City borough of Brooklyn, USA

2013
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013
New Frontier, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA

2012
Video Artprojx, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA
2012 dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany

2011
Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography , Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

2011
über(W)unden – Art in troubled times, Goethe- Institut South Afric

2011
Impressions from South Africa , 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art in New York

2010
Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

2010
Its greener on the other side, Co-op, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
In other words, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
Photo Ireland festival, Dublin, Ireland

2010
SPace, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
For those that live in it, MU, Netherlands

2009
ParisPhoto Exhibition, Paris, France

2009
Us, Johannesburg Art Gallery.

2009
Armory Show, Goodman Gallery, New York

2009
Joburg Art Fair, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2009
Nation State, Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg

2008
Melbourne Stencil Festival, Melbourne, Australia

2008
Africa Now, Round Tower, Copenhagen; Northern Norway Art Centre, Lofoten, Norway; and Tampere art museum, Finland

2006
Dak’art, Dakar, Senegal

2006
New Painting, KZNSA, Durban

2005
Melrose Art, Obert Contemporary

2005
Reconciliation, University of Pretoria

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015
Amelie Klein, Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum catalogue, pg. 112-113

2012
Lodi Matsetela (ed) Lines Volume 3. STATE OF THE NATION, Goodman Gallery

2011
Lien Heidenreich-Seleme & Sean O’Toole (eds), über(w)unden: Art in Troubled Times, Jacana Media

2011
Peter Anders and Matthew Krouse (eds), Positions: Contemporary South African Artists, Jacana Media

2010
Mbali Soga (ed), Lines Volume 2. THE BLACK PRESIDENT, Goodman Gallery

2009
Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman (eds), Younger Than Jesus: The Reader, New Museum and Steidl

2008
Lines Volume 1. YELLOW LINES


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