With roots in our artist residency in Zimbabwe this summer the second part of Zig Zag Zim will feature Admire Kamudzengerere, Rachel Monosov, Terrence Musekiwa, Xavier Robles de Medina, and Justin Orvis Steimer.
Xavier Robles de Medinas time-intensive charcoal drawing that are based on a film that captured the Zimbabwean Parliament in 2004, its a split second before Zimabwean MP Roy Bennett attacked the Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The Minister declared Bennett would not be returning to his farm, resulting in one more story of physical collision between black and white Zimbabweans within the context of the widely controversial land reform program. Admire Kamudzengerere’s self portraits which are created with a stone and ink. Jusitn Orvis Steimer’s painting is a product of the spiritual engagement Steimer and the others had during the Residency. The piece is made on a tarp found around the grounds of Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, our artists-space host in Harare. The tarp was already infused with geometry, history, in situ earth, and energy. Sculptures from Terrence Musekiwa are satirical works donning exaggerated features and comic expressions. It is this unique and humorous vision of the world, mixed with a current interest in Chinese products that have inundated Zimbabwe over the past decade, that both makes Musekiwa representative of contemporary African aesthetics. And a video piece from Rachel Monosov of mbira playing which is musical instrument consisting of a wooden board (often fitted with a resonator) with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs.