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Moffat Takadiwa: Say Hello to English at Tyburn Gallery London

Award-winning artist Moffat Takadiwa is back to London-based art gallery Tyburn gallery for a new exhibition. Say Hello to English, is Takadiwa’s second art exhibition.

Born in Karoi, Zimbabwe, in 1983, and currently based in Harare, Takadiwa is known for his intricate wall sculptures and installations made from found materials, including spray-can debris, bottle tops and computer keyboard pieces. Takadiwa’s practice engages issues of material culture, spirituality, colonialism and identity, as well the environment.

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Say Hello to English touches a very interesting fact that Zimbabweans and Africans in general happen to speak English as a result of the British colonization and education. This has created a sort of English-speaking elite, while indigenous and native cultures are growing more and more out of use.

The art exhibition sees as inspiration the work of Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In his book ‘Decolonising the mind’, the author highlights the inseparable connection between language and culture, therefore between language and cultural dominance.

The exhibition consists of wall sculptures made from destroyed computer keyboards, through which the artist explores the legacy of this cultural imperialism perpetuated by language. For Takadiwa, language not only carries culture, but also embodies the values by which people perceive their place in the world.

 

Moffat Takadiwa is a graduated of Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe in 2008. He belongs a school of the post-independence generation of artists in Zimbabwe.

Takadiwa has exhibited extensively across major institutions in Zimbabwe as well as internationally (USA, Europe and Asia).

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This should be a thought-provoking exhibition that will question our perception of native and English languages in the African context. Some of us have been guilty to some extent of not appreciating our native languages with fear of being perceived as ‘local’. Well here’s an exhibition that will inspire you to see things from a different lens. We will definitely be going to have a look!

 

Exhibition Facts

Artist:                           Moffat Takadiwa

Title:                            Say Hello to English

Address:                      Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG

Telephone:                  +44 (0)20 3388 0540

Website:                      www.tyburngallery.com

Email:                           info@tyburngallery.com

Dates:                          17 March – 6 May 2017

Private View:                Thursday 16 March 2017, 6-8.30PM

Opening Hours:           Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Admission:                   Free

Nearest Tube:              Bond Street

For information please contact: info@tyburngallery.com

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African Art Exhibition London: Moffat Takadiwa At Tyburn Gallery

Another great exhibition of African art opens at new London-based art gallery, Tyburn.

Tyburn Gallery presents Moffat Takadiwa’s first UK solo exhibition: Foreign Objects 

Exhibition dates: 5 November 2015 – 9 January 2016

Born in Karoi, Zimbabwe, in 1983, and currently based in Harare, Takadiwa is known for his simple but intricate installations made from found materials, including spray-can debris, plastic bottle tops and discarded electrical goods. Through the works exhibited, Takadiwa engages our senses, both literally and visually, as a unique way for identifying foreign materials, items and objects.

Moffat Takadiwa’s practice engages with issues of material culture, identity and spirituality as well as social practice and the environment. The exhibition groups together wall-hung sculptures that bear witness to the cultural dominance exercised by the consumption of foreign products in Zimbabwe and across Africa. Imported consumables become symbolic of the shifting power struggles within post-colonial Zimbabwe, resulting in the uneven distribution of economic and cultural power across the country. Greatly influenced by the Argentine semiotician Dr. Walter Mignolo’s scholarship on ‘colonialily’ and modernity, Takadiwa’s work is an explicit challenge to contemporary governments whose pledges on indigenous empowerment are failing to come to fruition.

Part of the post-independence generation of artists in Zimbabwe, Takadiwa has exhibited extensively across major institutions in Zimbabwe as well as internationally.

Opening this Month! Your Guide to African Art Exhibition!

Looks like September is African art month. Check out some of the exhibitions opening this month. From Jo’burg, London and to Lagos, check out the African art exhibitions you must see.

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Evolving in 360

An exhibtion of recent works of Raquib Bashorun.

Date: September 12- September 24

Venue: Omenka Gallery, Lagos

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BROKEN ENGLISH

The exhibition investigates the categorisation of cultural identities in an increasingly globalised world.

Venue: Tyburn Gallery London

Date: 18 September – 28 October 2015

Artists: Joël Andrianomearisoa, Stephen Allwright, Bridget Baker, Eduardo Berliner, Edson Chagas, Dan Halter, Mouna Karray, Yashua Klos, Ibrahim Mahama, Michele Mathison, Mohau Modisakeng, Lakin Ogunbanwo,
Athi-Patra Ruga, Rowan Smith, Moffat Takadiwa, curated by Kim Stern.

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TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK  CURATED BY HANK WILLIS THOMAS

Taking inspiration from Nina Simone’s iconic song To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1969), written in memory of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the author of Raisin in the Sun (1959) who died in 1964 at the age of 34, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black is about our moment, looking back at theirs.

What lies between their Civil Rights and our #BlackLivesMatter? All over the world we cry out ever more fervently that our lives matter, even as evidence mounts supposedly to the contrary. However, we ourselves have never been in doubt of this truth, as Simone’s powerful words attest. She shares other great truths, singing that When you’re young, gifted, and black / Your soul’s intact, and, To be young, gifted, and black / Is where it’s at.

Venue: Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Date: 26 SEPTEMBER – 24 OCTOBER 2015

Artists: NINA CHANEL ABNEY | DERRICK ADAMS | SADIE BARNETTE | ZOE BUCKMAN | BETHANY COLLINS | NOLAN OSWALD DENNIS | OMAR VICTOR DIOP | TITUS KAPHAR | KILUANJI KIA HENDA | YASHUA KLOS | GERALD MACHONA | TOYIN ODUTOLA | EBONY PATTERSON | ADAM PENDLETON | JODY PAULSON | TABITA REZAIRE | JACOLBY SATTERWHITE | SHINIQUE SMITH