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To Walk Barefoot

Kudzanai Chiurai
To Walk Barefoot , 2020
Oil on canvas
Work: 150 x 120 cm

This series of paintings and drawings form part of Kudzanai Chiurai’s recent 'Paintings from the Radical Archive' a pastiche and homage to posters generated for the purpose of inciting publics into political action in what is now remembered as the turbulent 1970’s of Zimbabwe. By excavating these press-to-public posters and rendering them as paintings, Chiurai calls to attention the meditative processes required of both the painter and poster designer. The timelessness of the slogans and anthems appearing in the original posters is reiterated within Chiurai’s collage as a painful echo of their continued relevance in present day protest actions.