Kudzanai Chiurai, Iyeza / Creation / Moyo / Revelations
My body of photographs, Revelations, started in 2011, explore the way in which Africa is imaged and understood in the West as well as questioning the ‘contemporary African condition’ by juxtaposing the past and the present of a continent in constant the grip of violent civil wars. These constructed environments are enticing and seductive but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalization on war.
The film installation of the three films Iyeza, Moyo and Creation is at once a political statement about gender violence in South Africa as well as an exploration of the African myth about the creation of the world. Moyo – meaning ‘air’ – articulates the moment in death when the air or spirit leaves the body. The work is simultaneously a reflection upon the release of the body from suffering and the anguish of letting go of the physical.
The works grapple with the issue of conflict in the contemporary moment in Africa. The spaces within which conflict takes place vary to according to our own understanding of what defines conflict. Understanding of resolution is then brought to the fore as we question the validity and nature of force used in our attempts at peace.
Artist presented by Azu Nwagbogu for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles.
Exhibition venue : Atelier de Chaudronnerie, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2014.