Based in the UK, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa from the ages of nine to seventeen. Her work reveals a deeply personal vision of Southern African life. Drawing on her experiences of geographical dislocation and displacement, her paintings combine visual fragments from a myriad of sources such as online images and personal photographs, which collapse past and present. Powerful nudes are a point of departure and in this exhibition of new works—the artist's first with the gallery—Hwami boldly raises questions about human experience in relation to spirituality. Here, Hwami observes how the spiritual experience manifests itself in the body and begins to make itself known by leaving marks, letters, and notes on the physical form. The exhibition considers existence in a time and space where people are investigating sexual, spiritual and political identity, especially those whose bodies have prescribed ways of existing.
Press release courtesy Victoria Miro.