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Kudzanai Chiurai





Born in 1981, Zimbabwe.
Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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

2019
Genesis [Je n’isi isi]- We Live in Silence,IFA, Stuttgart, Germany

2019
Madness and Civiliazation, Södertälje Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2018
Madness and Civilization_, Kalmar Konsmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden

2018
We Live in Silence, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, USA

2018
Madness and Civilization, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
While the Harvest Rots, Lundgren Gallery, Palma, Spain

2017
We need new names, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe

2017
Regarding the Ease of Others, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

2017
We live in silence, Goodman Gallery and The Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015
Selections From Revelations, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, Brooklyn, USA

2014/2015
Defining the State of the Nation, Zeitz MOCAA Pavillion, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

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

2013
Harvest of Thorns, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013
16 SNLV, 50 GwiGwi Mrwebi Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013
Front Page , Mallorca Landings, Spain

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

2012 Conflict resolution, Co-op, 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, South Africa

2007
Graceland, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005
Y Propaganda, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

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

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


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
I've grown roses in this garden of mine, Goodman Gallery, London, UK

2019
Acts of Reading, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2019
Inheritance: New Video Art by Kudzanai Chiurai, Zina Saro-Wiwa and Mikhael Subotzky, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

2018
We Live in Silence (Chapters 1-7) in collaboration with M.anifest, RE:Publica, Accra, Ghana

2018
Women on Aeroplanes, Museom of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

2018
Now and Then: Guercino and Kudzanai Chiurai, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
Beyond Borders: Global Africa, UMMA, Michigan, USA

2018
Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation, 21c Hotel Museum, Louisville, USA

2018
The Red Hour, 13th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal

2018
In Their Own Form, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA

2018
After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA

2018
Ex Africa, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2017
Ex Africa, CCBB Belo Horizonte, Brasil

2017
After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, USA

2017
africa. Telling A World., Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

2017
A Short History of South African Photography, Fotografia Europea, Chiostri di San Pietro, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2017
Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier , Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2017
New Acquisitions: Standard Bank Corporate Collection, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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

2016
New Revolutions, Godman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016
Slowtrack, ARCO Lisboa, Portugal.

2016
Kabbo Ka Mulwala, National Gallery of Zimbabue, Harare

2015
Making Africa: un continente de diseño contemporáneo, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2015
Slowtrack, Zona MACO Foto, México

2015
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited_ by Contemporary African Artists, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA

2015
Johannesburg Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy

2014
Future Generation Art Prize, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine

2014
Staging Reality, Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria

2014
Vision of Africa, Addis Photo festival, Ethiopia

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, France

2014
Daegue Biennale, South Korea

2014
Arles Discovery Award Exhibition, Arles, France

2014
Surfacing, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013
The Beautyful Ones, Nolan Judin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

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 Africa

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

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: Currencies in Contemporary African Art, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
For those that live in it, MU, The Netherlands

2009
ParisPhoto Exhibition, Paris, France

2009
Us, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa

2009
Armory Show, Goodman Gallery, New York, USA

2009
Joburg Art Fair, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
Nation State, Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

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, South Africa

2005
Melrose Art, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005
Reconciliation, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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