|„State of The Nation“ by Kudzanai Chiurai|
Africa is not only war and misery. African culture is not only tribal masks, ritual dances and traditional drum beating. Africa has a very creative, lively culture and not least a very urban, sometimes very political contemporary art scene.
Through â€žAfrica is a Countryâ€œ I discover Kudzanai Chiurai, a South African artist born in Zimbabwe.
|K. Chiurai (African Coulours)|
With his new project â€žState of the nationâ€œ continues along the path he has chosen by his 2009 project â€žDying to be Menâ€œ. He focuses on youth culture and proposes a fresh way of looking at the socio-politics of our continent by juxtaposing the past and the present.â€Â
In the words of the southafrican art website â€žVISIâ€œ: â€žKudzanaiâ€™s constructed environments are enticing and seductive but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalisation on war. And ultimately the artist asks: ‚If we could write our history and chart our futures as we please, who would we be?“
A slideshow of Kudzanai Chiurais’s „Dying to be Men“ you can find here.
And here are „The Minister of Finance“ and „The Black President“:
|„The Minister of Finance“ by Kudzanai Chiurai|
|„The Black President“ by Kudzunai Chiurai|