Event InformationWHEN: MONDAY, 2 december 2019 | 18:00 – 20:00 gmt
WHERE: Sotheby's Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3AA, United Kingdom
Artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami was born in Zimbabwe in 1993 and spent part of her childhood in South Africa. She lives and works in London. Her work is presented at the Zimbabwe pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and her first institutional solo exhibition is currently held at Gasworks, in London.
Made with a bright colour palette, Hwami’s paintings are often inspired by old family photographs and refer to digital imagery. Most of her works include portraits or self-portraits developing narratives of displacement and raising questions about sexuality, gender and identity.
She said, ‘Being a black body, there is a sense that politics will follow you wherever you go. But how can I escape that for just a little while?’
Chair: Sabel Gavaldon, Curator of Gasworks, London. His projects explore minoritarian poetics and politics while engaging in unorthodox curatorial formats. These include transforming the atrium of a museum into a dance floor and co-running a curatorial laboratory based on gardening as a model to experiment with collective forms of exhibition-making. His last group exhibition was Elements of Vogue: A Case Study in Radical Performance at CA2M, Madrid and Museo del Chopo, Mexico City. In 2016, he was nominated for the ICI New York Independent Vision Curatorial Award.
The talk will be followed by a drink reception.
Credit Image: Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Family Portrait, 2017