Goodman Gallery has announced the launch of the first publication presenting an in-depth survey of Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai’s artistic practice. Tracing the innovative and revolutionary oeuvre of an artist who has quietly and consistently drawn attention to the most pressing socio-political events of our time, While the Harvest Rots: Possessing Worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai’s Art offers a close, critical visual analysis and interpretation of his work to date.

Edited by Robert Muponde and Emma Laurence, the book features contributions by Nolan Oswald Dennis, Thabisani Ndlovu and Josiah Nyanja, as well as an original short story by Chiurai. Designers Katy Taplin (Dokter and Misses) and Givan Lötz have crafted a beautiful publication from cover to cover.

More bio basics:

Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed young artist born in Zimbabwe. He was the first black student to graduate with a BA Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. Born one year after Zimbawe’s emergence from white-ruled Rhodesia – Chiurai’s early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland.

Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2003 and has participated in various local and international exhibitions, including Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which acquired Chiurai’s work for their collection. His Conflict Resolution series was included in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel in 2012.

His film Iyeza was one of the few African films to be included in the New Frontier shorts programme at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions with the Goodman Gallery and has edited three publications with contributions by leading African creatives

The book will be available from Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Who: Kudzanai Chiurai

What: While the Harvest Rots: Possessing Worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai’s Art

Where: Goodman Gallery, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd 3rd Floor, Cape Town

Launch: Fri, 17 February, 5pm, Goodman Gallery Video Room, Cape Town

Buy it: