Domboremari (Pink) 2016 Linocut on Zerkall Litho 300gsm Edition of 6
100 x 81 cm made with Warren Editions
Domboremari (Green) 2016 Linocut on Zerkall Litho 300gsm Edition of 6
100 x 81 cm made with Warren Editions
Native Soil 2017 Hand-woven archival ink-jet prints listing the farm names in Zimbabwe that were part of the fast-track land reform program 79 x 91.5 cm
In the year 2000 the Zimbabwean government began a policy of fast-track land reform. This involved seizing white-owned farms in order to compensate war veterans who had fought in the liberation war. These farm invasions were often violent and proved very detrimental to the economy which was largely based on agriculture.
Native Soil (detail)
The Revenge of 400 Years is Losing its Baby Teeth 2018 Baby teeth and custom-made stokie slipper approx. 22 x 9 x 6 cm
‘The revenge of 400 years is losing its baby teeth’ is modified from the Italian proverb ‘a hundred-year-old revenge still has its baby teeth’. This new version alludes to the abuse of Africans through slavery and colonialism, and how at last – this issue, ignored for so long – is slowly starting to gain traction.
It is a tradition in Zimbabwe and South Africa to put one’s baby teeth into a stokie / slipper for the Tooth Fairy as opposed to under the pillow as in most other English-speaking countries.
Dialogue With The Youth 2017 Rotten wisdom teeth, velvet and gold-leaf frame 35 x 52 cm
Inspired by Martin Kippenberger’s work. One night in Berlin after allegedly drunkenly parading as a Nazi at the punk club SO36 (which he helped run), Kippenberger was severely beaten and hospitalized. The next day he had a photographer take shots of his bandaged, swollen face, from which he then painted a self-portrait titled ‘Dialogue with the Youth of Today’ (1981).
Z$100 Trillion 2017 Hand-woven archival ink-jet prints 162.7 x 81.5 cm
The Z$100 trillion note was the largest ever printed in Zimbabwe. It came at a time when hyperinflation had soared so high that it reached Z$300 trillion to the US dollar on the black market in February 2009. Shortly afterwards the Zimbabwean currency was abandoned and replaced with US dollars. The Z$100 trillion has become a collector’s item.
US$1 2017 Hand-woven archival ink-jet prints 173 x 72 cm
US dollars, legal tender in Zimbabwe since 2009 are referred to as ‘magirinhi’ – ‘greens’, ‘huni nyoro’ – ‘firewood that is not dry’ and ‘mashizha’ – ‘leaves’ which are usually green.
Hard Boiled Egg Index 2018 Semi-precious laser-etched stone eggs 28 x 24 x 6 cm
During the height of inflation from 2008 to 2009, it was difficult to measure Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation because the government of Zimbabwe stopped filing official inflation statistics. The black market exchange rate to the US dollar changed constantly. In 2008 innovative locals adopted ‘The Hard Boiled Egg Index’ to determine a fair value of exchange rate. The Hard Boiled Egg Index works on the premise that across Africa, US$1 buys around seven hard boiled eggs. Hard boiled eggs are sold on the side of the road as a snack.
Kuwona Hutsi 2017 Matchsticks outlining R.G. Mugabe’s signature and dirty US dollars from Zimbabwe 33 x 31 cm
‘Kuwona hutsi’ means seeing smoke in Shona in Zimbabwe. It is one of the metaphors that the Shona speakers created to communicate various messages concerning the socio-economic and political crisis that has been occurring in their country since the year 2000. ‘Seeing smoke i.e. having smoke in the eyes’ and by extension ‘being caught in a burning building’, all have the connotations of one being on an unsustainable, difficult, hopeless and confusing situation.
The Zimbabwe crisis as captured in Shona metaphor. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233222046_The_Zimbabwe_crisis_as_captured_in_Shona_metaphor
26 Chaplin Road Blaudruck / Shweshwe 2017 Blaudruck cotton fabric, hand-made at Einbecker Blaudruck, Einbeck, Germany 70 x 71 cm
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