Chiurai, Kudzanai

Kudzanai Chiurai, born in 1981, lives in Harare (Zimbabwe). His work deals with the political, economic and social aspects of Post-Colonialism. Recent solo shows at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town (2017).
Selected group exhibitions: Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2014) and MoMA, New York (2011). Participation in documenta 13 (2012).
Selected films: Sins of the Father (2016) and Moyo (2013).


We Live in Silence (Ch. 1–7)
ZWE 2017, 41’41’’, Englisch/English
Kamera/cinematography: Adam Bentel
Cast: Botshelo Motuba, Adriaan Fourie, Alino Katombe

A post-colonial history of the African continent is reformulated in seven elaborate tableaux vivants. In this cinematic response to the celebrated film Soleil Ôby Mauritanian director Med Hondo (1967), Chiurai operates with similitude, recreating selected scenes in order to dissect the original’s message and produce alternative colonial narratives. In his version, an African from the Dark Continent sets off for Paris in search of his “Gallic ancestors.”Desperate for work and a place to live, he finds only indifference, rejection and humiliation before rising up in rebellion together with his fellow immigrants. A cinematic manifesto denouncing a new form of slavery.

© Kudzanai Chiurai