Kudzanai Chiurai, Zimbabwe
Exiled from Zimbabwe after producing an unflattering portrait of the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, Kudzanai Chiurai, the first black artist to get a BA in fine arts at the University of Pretoria, has become an important figure in African art. Chiurai uses dramatic multimedia compositions to confront pressing issues from government corruption, conflict and violence to xenophobia and displacement. Based in Johannesburg, Chiurai’s work is a mixture of digital photography, editing and printing, painting, and, more recently, film. His work is also featured at This is not Africa, this is us, a three part exhibition, organised by West in The Hague and the Kunsthal, Rotterdam, showing the work of the three African artists: Kudzanai Chiurai, Simon Gush and Kemang Wa Lehulere until 29 March 2014.