Nzombe ne Karwe, 2019
Edition of 30
56 x 70cm, unframed
This beautiful lithograph is the first edition ever produced by the artist, made exclusively for Gasworks on the occasion of her first institutional exhibition (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1(2019).
Hwami’s work explores issues around black subjectivity, queer bodies and personal experiences of geographical dislocation and displacement. Her intensely vivid paintings combine visual fragments from a myriad of sources such as online images and haunting family photographs, which collapse past and present into bold afro-futuristic visions.
Nzombe ne Karwe, meaning ‘Bull and Crocodile’ in Shona, depicts the artist holding a crocodile in her hands. ‘Karwe’ (little crocodile) is the nickname for Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Zimbabwean President who came to power in 2017 following the coup d'état that brought down President Robert Mugabe after 37 years. In Hwami’s edition, the artist represents the bull capturing the crocodile, suggesting that political power is ultimately accountable to the people.
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami is a London-based artist born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. She is represented by Tyburn Gallery. Recent exhibitions include: The Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2019; 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.
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