Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s bright, irreverent works depict futuristic scenes of African life –utopias replete with creative expression and without borders. Her work is a celebration of Afropunk, LGBTQ, and Internet sub-cultures – cut with Hwami’s sharp political commentary. Having lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the UK, Hwami’s empathetic narratives forged around diaspora, displacement and identity are articulated with an autobiographical touch. The Black body takes central occupancy in her reflections on themes of sexuality, gender, spirituality, memory and childhood.
Hwami holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wimbledon College of Arts, London (2016). In the same year, she was awarded the Clyde & Co Award and the Young Achiever of the Year Award, Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards. Selected exhibitions include Dis(colour)ed Margins at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe (2017) and her first solo exhibition at Tyburn Gallery, London (2017). Hwami’s work was recently acquired by Fondation Blachère for its permanent collection.