Musekiwa, Terrence
Born 1990 in Seke, Zimbabwe
Lives and works in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe
Terrence Musekiwa comes from a long line of sculptors. He started carving stone at the age of five, initially assisting his father and later moving away from traditional aesthetics. While each work begins with the familiar toil of shaping the stone, works are then fused with a myriad of found and industrial objects including chains, plastics, glue and resin. 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. Musekiwa completed two art residencies in 2016 at Tiroche DeLeo, Tel Aviv, and CTG, Newfoundland with the CTG Collective. In 2018 he will be an Artist In Residence at OMI, New York. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally, with his first institutional inclusion in 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Terrence Musekiwa, African Royals, 2019, Approx. 8 cm tall. Courtesy Catinca Tabacaru |Terrence Musekiwa, 'Spirit of Ancestors 2014', 2014, Carved stone, found objects, 20 x 20 x 20 cm, Courtesy First Floor Gallery