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Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, The Breasts. Fed on (i), 2017. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Tyburn gallery.

Gasworks presents the first institutional solo exhibition by London-based artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Her paintings are both a celebration of the black body and a critical examination of its conditions of representation, raising questions about gender, sexuality, ancestry and spirituality. Departing from her own experiences of geographical dislocation and displacement, Hwami’s intensely pigmented paintings recombine visual fragments from a myriad of sources, including images found online and haunting family photographs, so that past and present collapse into afro-futuristic visions.

Artist Biography

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami is a London-based artist born in Zimbabwe in 1993 and raised in South Africa. She is represented by Tyburn Gallery. Recent exhibitions include: Les Ateliers de Rennes–Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Rennes; Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; Triangle France, Marseille; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Espace Art Absolument, Paris; Fondation Clément, Martinique (all 2018); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; Tyburn Gallery, London (all 2017). In 2016, the same year she graduated from college, Hwami was awarded the Clyde & Co Award and the Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards, as well as featured in Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s exhibition is commissioned and produced by Gasworks, where she has been a studio holder since August 2018.