In case you missed it, mixed-media artist Kudzanai Chiurai opened a new exhibition.

In award-winning artist Kudzanai Chiurai’s State of the Nation, the notion of ‘state’ is explored as a utopia, a state of mind as well as a status. His new exhibition features photographic prints, large oil paintings, video installation and performance with a focus on youth culture. State of the Nation proposes fresh ways of looking at the socio-politics of Africa today.

The title State of the Nation is intended to explore aspects of a constructed African state that has just been ravaged by conflict. With Melissa Mboweni as a curator and through collaborations with photographer Jurie Potgieter and singers Thandiswa Mazwai and Zaki Ibrahim, Chiurai references child soldiers, African liberation movements, and civil wars. He tracks the similarities in the societal, political and ideological fabric of states in tumultuous times of transition. Further collaborations on 3 November include João Orecchia, Mpumi Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba and will be presented at the exhibition opening.

Born in 1981 in Zimbabwe, Kudzanai Chiurai was the first black student to graduate with a BA Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. Chiurai’s early work focused on the political and social strife in his homeland. Seminal works like “Presidential Wallpaper” depicted Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as a sell-out and led to Chiurai’s exile from Zimbabwe.