Posts tagged zimbabwe
Posts tagged zimbabwe
Born in 1981 in Zimbabwe, Kudzanai Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed young artist now living and working in south africa. He was the first black student to graduate with a ba (fine art) from the University of Pretoria. Regarded as part of the “born free” generation in Zimbabwe because he was born one year after the country’s independence from rhodesia, Chiurai’s early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland. Seminal works like “presidential wallpaper” depicted Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as a sell-out and led to Chiurai’s exile from Zimbabwe.Chiurai’s large mixed media works now tackle some of the most pertinent issues facing southern africa such as xenophobia, displacement and black empowerment. His paintings confront viewers with the psychological and physical experience of inner-city Johannesburg, the continent’s most cosmopolitan melting pot where thousands of exiles, refugees and asylum-seekers battle for survival alongside the never-ending swell of newly urbanized South Africans. The actuality of these environs is reinforced by Chiurai’s use of photographic transfer. boldly stenciled figures and anonymous text provide running commentary, leading viewers on a journey through his intricately painted turn-of-the century buildings, bustling streets and congested transit systems.
Tsimba Itsoka (There is no footprint without the foot)
- Shona proverb quoted by Oliver Mtukudzi’s
Be Fearless and step out.
“Zimbabwe” Bob Marley sings celebrating Zimbabwe’s newly won independence.
…Nehanda is rightfully honored by the Shona people as a resistance heroine. Her fortitude both before and after her arrest is remarkable, it played a critical part in Zimbabwean History. Her heroism became a significant source of inspiration in the nationalist struggle for liberation in the 1960s and 1970s. Her name is now usually prefixed by the respectful title of Mbuya. The main maternity hospital in Harare is name after her as well as several main streets in Zimbabwe. (where i was born!)
YES YES YESSSSSS!!!!!!! my best friend sawira from zim met up with me in egypt for a week (she’s studying in greece) and it was magic. i miss home so so much. clearly lacking in the female voices but wonderful: hip hop in zimbabwe. hokoyo.
feeling the Zimbabwean pride :)
The lives of Zimbabwean women have deteriorated dramatically over the past decade, writes activist Prespone Matawira, but now is the time to be creative and confront, unpick, challenge patriarchal and capitalist power in order to make lasting change real for women. Feminist consciousness, says Matawira, challenges many of our deep-held assumptions which are not often noticed because they are so pervasive. And its complexity helps us understand other related oppressions based on race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability.