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Moffat Takadiwa


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Moffat Takadiwa was born in 1983 in Karoi, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Harare. He graduated with a BA Honors from Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe in 2008. Takadiwa creates large-scale sculptural pieces from ordinarily discarded materials, including everything from computer waste, aerosol cans and spray bottles, to toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. He weaves together these small everyday objects to make impressive organic forms evocative of jewel-encrusted excess or a ritualistic kind of minimalism. The artist’s choice of materials communicates his concern with issues around consumerism, inequality, post-colonialism and the environment. Part of the post-independence generation of artists in Zimbabwe, Takadiwa has exhibited extensively across major institutions in Zimbabwe as well as internationally. Upcoming projects include: Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2017); Chinafrika, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany (2017) touring to Kunstfest Weimar, Germany (2017) and then to Hong Kong, China, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Lagos, Nigeria (all in 2018). Recent solo exhibitions include Across Borders, WhatiftheWorld, Cape Town, South Africa (2016); Foreign Objects, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015). Recent group exhibitions include: Collector’s Stage, curated by Enin Supriyanto at Art Stage Singapore, Singapore (2017); When Tomorrow Comes, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa (2016); Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015); Warp & Woof, The Hole, New York, USA (2014); National Gallery of Zimbabwe Annual Show, Harare, Zimbabwe (2014); Brand New Second Hand, Vigo Gallery, London, UK (2014); Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents, Amsterdam (2012). Takadiwa has been a recipient of many awards in his home country, including the Award of Attendance from The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, Harare, Zimbabwe in 2012 and an Award of Merit and Special Mention Prize for exhibitions at Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe both in 2010.