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Kudzanai Chiurai – State of the Nation



Zimbabwean-born, Johannesburg-based, award-winning artist Kudzanai Chiurai presents his latest exhibition State of the Nation which opens tomorrow evening in Newtown, Joburg and again on Sunday at Arts on Main. Between the two venues, the show features photographic prints, drawings, large oil paintings, video, sound installation and performance.


About the exhibition: The title ‘State of the Nation’ is intended to explore aspects of a constructed African state that has just been ravaged by conflict. “On a continent that has experienced more violent conflict than any other, this exhibition follows an individual’s narration of events that lead up to the inaugural speech by the first supposedly democratically elected prime minister. This leader styled along many of our existing African leaders, retells the history of a people from another time, but still Africa’s time,” says the artist.


With Melissa Mboweni as curator of the project, and collaborations with photographer Jurie Potgieter and singers Thandiswa Mazwai and Zaki Ibrahim, Chiurai references child soldiers, African liberation movements and civil wars.


Venue: 50 gwi gwi mrwebi street, newtown

Opening date: Thursday 03 November 2011

Time: 18h00 (performance begins at 19h00)

Closing date: 03 December 2011

Venue: Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts on Main

Opening date: Sunday 06 November 2011

Time: 12h00.

Closing date: January 2011



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