Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami | Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa | In Focus | Apollo Magazine

Eve on an apple bottom (2016), Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Courtesy the artist
In 2019 Kudzanai-Violet Hwami was selected as one of four artists to represent Zimbabwe at the 58th Venice Biennale. In the same year the young painter mounted her first institutional show, at Gasworks in London. Titled ‘(15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1’ after the route from her birthplace in Zimbabwe, via her former home in South Africa, to her current home in the United Kingdom, the exhibition presented a series of vividly coloured, palimpsestic paintings that draw on family history and the specific details of these different locations. In contrast to her busy 2019, this has been a year of quiet reflection for Hwami. For Hwami, it’s important to focus on the smaller things that can be changed. ‘I think it begins at home,’ she says. ‘Water the garden that’s close to you.’ [More