I happened upon the Artist, Kudzanai Chiurai, thanks to a friend at college who happened to know him personally. They done work together, on a series of works he then exhibited. Prior to that, I’d seen his work but had not know it was his. It was only when my friend developed the film did I see the picture.
Born in Zimbabwe in the wake of the country’s independence from British colonialism, Chiurai would experience a life that saw him travel into South Africa for escape purposes, when his life was threatened after he created a series of visuals challenging the then Mugabe regime in Zim and took on a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria.
Kudzanai has an extensive list of solo and group exhibitions, including: 2003’s The Revolution will not be televised, Brixton Art Gallery, London (Solo), 2009’s Dying To Be Men, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (Solo), 16SNVL, Newton, Johannesburg (Solo), 2009’s Armory Show, Goodman Gallery, New York (Group) and 2010’s Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt.
In 2014 Chiurai was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize in Venice, prior to that, in 2011 he was documented as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. This, after he was listed as Mail & Guardian’s Top 100 Dazzlers and Doers in South Africa in 2005. In 2012, Kudzanai was presented with he FNB Joburg Art Prize.
As a creative whose work narrates social-political discourse, contemporary culture, displacement and human psychological experiences, amongst other things, in his work, there’s an ever consistent available resource to be inspired by. Having built a reputation on politics and economic (re)formation, it’s going to be exciting to see Chiurai’s development and interpret is evolving storyline.