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Artist Talk: Kresiah Mukwazhi, Hera Hera (hail hail)

27 May 2023 2-3.30pm

Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham NG1 2GB


Join us for our exhibiting artist Kresiah Mukwazhi presenting Hera Hera (hail hail), a performance lecture on sacred resistance, resilience and magic.

Mukwazhi’s work is informed by her observations of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse in her native Zimbabwe. For her first institutional solo exhibition Kirawa, Mukwazhi is producing an entirely new body of commissioned work. These new works speak to the loss of the matriarchal system in African societies, which the artist sees as a product of the Christian indoctrination of Zimbabwe that began with the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century. She describes Kirawa as ‘a place of sacred resistance, where I expose and push back against this colonisation and socio-political issues forcing women into precarious labour, aiming at reclaiming the sacred power that women are destined to have. The female body, therefore, becomes a site of resistance and a site to question power relations.’

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