Domboremari (Blue) 2015 Linocut on Zerkall Litho 300gsm
100 x 81 cm Edition of 6 made with Warren Editions
Archives for August 2016
The Modern Traveller 2016 Hand-woven archival ink-jet prints
29,7 x 21 cm
Text taken from the poem The Modern Traveller (1898) by Hilaire Belloc
The Maxim gun was first used by Britain’s colonial forces in the 1893-1894 First Matebele War in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It played an important role in the swift colonisation of Africa in the late 19th century. The extreme lethality was employed to devastating effect against obsolete charging tactics, when native opponents could be lured into pitched battles in open terrain. As it was put by Hilaire Belloc, in the words of the figure ‘Blood’ in his poem The Modern Traveller:
Whatever happens, we have got
The Maxim gun, and they have not.
Lobengula’s troops were a disciplined force by pre-colonial African standards, and they were equipped with both assegais and Martini-Henry rifles, but the British pioneers’ Maxim guns, which had never before been used in battle, far exceeded expectations, according to an eyewitness ‘mow[ing] them down literally like grass’. By the time the Matebele withdrew, they had suffered about 1,500 fatalities; the British, on the other hand, had lost only four men. The annihilating effectiveness of the Maxims was such that they cut down wave after wave of advancing Matebele. In one engagement, for example, 50 company soldiers with just four Maxim guns fought off 5,000 Matebele warriors.
Zimbabwe Will Never Be A Colony Again 2016 Embroidered Zanu PF textile 115 x 117 cm
Mugabe liked to repeat the slogan ‘Zimbabwe will never be a colony again’ so often that the variation ‘Zimbabwe will never eat polony again’ began to do the rounds as a joke.
South Africans and Zimbabweans refer to bologna exclusively as polony, although polony is typically made using highly processed meat. These processed meat products are typically an artificially bright pink colour, and are foods for low-income people due to their low cost.
Bliss 2014 Hand-woven archival ink-jet prints
110 × 150 cm
Bliss is the name of the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. It is an image of a rolling green hill and a blue sky with cumulus and cirrus clouds. The photographer estimates that the image has been seen on a billion computers worldwide since then, based on the number of copies of XP sold since then. This probably makes it the most viewed picture of all time at this point in human history.