Kudzanai Chiurai


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Goodman Gallery at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2015

For the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2015, Goodman Gallery shares its focus with the fair on vigorous forms of experimental film and live performance. Goodman Gallery has collaborated with the Johannesburg Art Gallery and Artlogic to present Candice Breitz’s multi-channel video installation Him + Her – marking the inaugural presentation of this two-part work in a South African context. As the featured artist at the fair, Breitz will also present selected work from the series Portrait of an Artist – which has been developed especially for the event.
Nelisiwe Xaba will present a specially devised work for the fair’s performance platform. Titled The Urban Mermaid, Xaba’s performance takes its inspiration from the myth of the half-woman half-fish creature. According to the artist, in different contexts mermaids “are called different names: Mami Wata, Sirene, Mamlambo, Water Meisie and Madam Poisson. What is interesting is that the mermaid has different stories from different cities around the world… This gives an opportunity for one to create their own story or myth.”
Goodman Gallery also presents a curated selection of works with an emphasis on both recent achievements and iconic early work. Of note is a video work by Hank Willis Thomas titled Winter in America. Major practitioners to feature on the gallery booth include, Kudzanai Chiurai, Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Liza Lou, Tracey Rose, Mikhael Subotzky, Hank Willis Thomas and Gerhard Marx. New orientations in Goodman Gallery’s growing stable include Nolan Oswald Dennis, Jabulani Dhlamini, Gabrielle Goliath, Misheck Masamvu, and Adejoke Tugbiyele.
The art fair runs from 11 to 13 September 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Kudzanai Chiurai Documentary in Johannesburg

The feature documentary Black President will be screened at The Bioscope independent cinema in Johannesburg city from 12 to 16 September 2015. The film, directed by musician Mpumelelo Ncata and produced by journalist Anna Teelman, is primarily concerned with the work of Kudzanai Chiurai and, according to the filmmakers’ statement, “question(s) the responsibility of African artists in an ever-more globalised universe, where we maybe find ourselves ‘playing catch up’ to the West as opposed to following our own paths.”
Black President enjoyed a successful world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (aka the Berlinale) this year in February. The African premiere was held at the Durban International Film Festival in June. The film has also been screened at the New Horizons festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

Kudzanai Chiurai At Venice on The Johannesburg Pavilion

At Venice until 14 May, 133 Arts and the FNB Joburg Art Fair present the Johannesburg Pavilion, a programme of film and performance. The Johannesburg Pavilion is curated by Roelof Petrus van Wyk “in memory of the final Johannesburg Biennale curated in 1997 by Okwui Enwezor”. The Johannesburg Pavilion will include Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai. His video work State of the Nation “explores the notion of ‘state’ as a utopia and an action, a state of mind as well as a status,” according to the curator’s statement.

Kudzanai Chiurai in Cape Town

Kudzanai Chiurai’s Defining the State of a Nation runs at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront until 1 February 2015. MOCAA has the largest collection of Kudzanai Chuirai in the world comprising 63 artworks. This major presentation of work by Chuirai—including the re-creation of his entire dOCUMENTA (13) installation from Kassel, Germany, bought by Zeitz MOCAA as an act of preservation—takes place in three parts. Part One ran from 9 to 30 November 2014, Part Two runs from 6 December 2014 to 4 January 2015 and Part Three will run from 10 January to 1 February 2015.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Harvest of Thorns / 2013

    Kudzanai Chiurai / State of the Nation / 2011

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Communists and Hot Chicken Wings: The Birth of a New Nation / 2010

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Dying to be men / 2009

    Group exhibitions

    The Poetry In Between: South-South / 2015

    Surfacing / 2014

    C-16 / 2013

    Editions / 2013

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Summer Show / 2012

    Open End: An Exhibition of Paintings

    Winter Show / Cape Town / 2010

    In Other Words

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    'US' / Curated by Simon Njami & Bettina Malcomess / 2009

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  • Press for Kudzanai Chiurai

    Chiurai Kudzanai / Mail & Guardian / South Africa / 3 July 2015

    No barriers: Top SA artists take over Swedish park Steuart Wright (632.1 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Destiny Man / South Africa / May 2015

    The Art of Politics By Gillian Klawansky (138.7 KB)

    SP-Arte / Folha de S.Paulo / Brazil / 3 April 2015

    Equal in inequality, Brazil and South Africa lock dialogue in SP-Arte By Silas Marti (769.7 KB)

    South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: Artists Announced / Art South Africa / South Africa / 17 April 2015

    South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: Artists Announced By Art South Africa (1.1 MB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / City Press / South Africa / 12 April 2015

    Life and Death and Art By Garreth van Niekerk (4.1 MB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Frieze Magazine / New York / 1 May 2014

    Africa’s first mega-museum to open in Cape Town By Sean O’Toole (65.2 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Snapped / South Africa / December 2014

    Kudzanai Chiurai Harvest of Thorns By Snapped (415.2 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / City Press / Johannesburg / 27 July 2014

    Fine china for charity by Percy Mabandu (234.8 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / PhotoNews / Germany / June - July 2014

    Kudzanai Chiurai Revelations (445.5 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Art Southafrica / South Africa / 2 December 2013

    Harvest of Thorns by Tim Leibbrandt (227.9 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Artthrob / South Africa / 16 July - 15 August 2013

    Dying To Be Men by Katharine Jacobs (303.1 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / City Press / Johannesburg / 9 December 2012

    Jesus is a Black Woman by Charl Blignaut (233.2 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / GQ Magazine / South Africa / December 2013

    GQ & A With Kudzanai Chiurai by Siphiwe Mpye (313 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 14 June 2013

    Kudzanai Chiurai considers the nature of violence by Laurice Taitz (217.5 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / City Press / Johannesburg / South Africa / 11 October 2011

    One Man Army by Charl Blignaut (211.8 KB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / Art Magazine / June 2010

    Schwartz, Weiß, und alle Farben by Camilla Péus (1.7 MB)

    Kudzanai Chiurai / One Small Seed / June 2010

    Kudzanai Chiurai on The Black President by Jana du Plessis (1.7 MB)