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.
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).
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!
Artist: Moffat Takadiwa
Title: Say Hello to English
Address: Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3388 0540
Dates: 17 March – 6 May 2017
Private View: Thursday 16 March 2017, 6-8.30PM
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
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