JUL2019/TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

 

TERRENCE COMES FROM A LONG LINE OF SCULPTORS. HE STARTED CARVING STONE AT THE AGE OF FIVE, AT FIRST HELPING HIS FATHER AND LATER MOVING AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL AESTHETICS. HE BREAKS THE DIVIDE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY.

WHILE EACH WORK BEGINS WITH THE FAMILIAR TOIL OF SHAPING STONE, WORKS AE THEN FUSED WITH A MYRIAD OF FOUND AND INDUSTRIAL OBJECTS INCLUDING CHAINS, PLASTICS, GLUE, RESIN AND SILK. HIS VISUAL LANGUAGE WRESTLES WITH CONVENTION TO SIMULTANEOUSLY CHALLENGE AND PAY HOMAGE TO ZIMBABWEAN TRADITION.

HIS CONCEPTUAL VERNACULAR INTRODUCES A DIALOGUE ABOUT PRESENT-DAY ZIMBABWE, ITS MECHANICS, POLITICS, MICRO AND MACRO TRADE SYSTEMS, HARDSHIPS AND A QUALITY OF MAGIC THAT PERMEATES THE PERSONAL LIVES OF ITS INHABITANTS.