Moffat Takadiwa, Smell of foreign policy, 2015, Found materials, bottle caps and spray tops, 190 x 154 x 34 cm, Courtesy of Tyburn Gallery
Moffat Takadiwa, Smell of foreign policy, 2015, Found materials, bottle caps and spray tops, 190 x 154 x 34 cm, Courtesy of Tyburn Gallery 

Moffat Takadiwa creates large-scale sculptural pieces from ordinarily discarded materials, including everything from computer waste, aerosol cans and spray bottles, to 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 in locations such as Cape Town, Amsterdam, London and New York. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in his home country, from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, among other organisations.