Kudzanai Chiurai born in 1981 and the first black recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria is an important figure in the African contemporary art scene. His multi-media art is not only breathtaking but thought provoking.
According to Artsy, Chiurai tackles the most pertinent issues facing his generation of southern Africans, from government corruption to xenophobia and displacement. He is in exile after producing an unflattering portrait of Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.
While his messages also oscillate around black empowerment and urban rejuvenation, he has also produced political works. “Dying To Be Men” (2009) for instance is a series of garish mock portrait photographs of government officials. The Culture Trip describes his work as ” brutally honest, tearing apart the status quo and confronting the state of African governments through a mixture of digital photography, printing, painting, and more recently, film.”
We came across some of his work we thought you might enjoy. (All images courtesy of the Goodman Gallery)