Sam in mother’s factory, 2017.Kudzanai-Violet — who last year won the Clyde and Co Art Award and the Cass Art Materials Grant, as well as being shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Award — begins her creative process by assembling digital collages before transferring their compositions to large-scale canvases and adding paint. By fusing snippets of images, photographs and text, her works reflect the “contradictions and complications of one individual’s subjectivity’’. Her artworks celebrate the familiarity and joy of childhood, often in contradiction to the harsh realities of current life, whether concerning frightening political realities or the continuous struggle for LGBTQ rights. ”In my paintings, I like to create a positive future… like a utopian dream. So, I paint the future of Zimbabwe in a light manner instead of painting what goes on now, because that doesn’t help me heal,’’ she remarks, commenting on the Afro-utopianism nature of her work. If You Keep Going South You’ll Meet Yourself is on at the Tyburn Gallery until 15 November. Follow Kudzanai-Violet Hwami.
Witness to a dreamscape event, 2017.— Images courtesy of Tyburn Gallery.