Takadiwa, Moffat
Born 1983 in Karoi, Zimbabwe. Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe
Moffat Takadiwa creates large-scale sculptural pieces from materials that are ordinarily discarded: computer waste, aerosol cans, spray bottles, toothbrushes, and toothpaste tubes have all been repurposed by Takadiwa’s hand. Once woven together, these small everyday objects comprise impressive organic structures evocative of jewel-encrusted excess. The artist’s choice of materials communicates his concerns pertaining to consumerism, inequality, colonialism, identity, and land pollution. Takadiwa graduated from Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe in 2008. Part of the post-independence generation of artists in Zimbabwe, Takadiwa has exhibited extensively across major institutions in Zimbabwe as well as internationally. Recent exhibitions and projects include De Nature en Sculpture, Villa Datris Foundation, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France (2017); Say Hello to English, Tyburn Gallery, London (2017); Le jour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2017) and Chinafrika. under construction, Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig (2017), a research project tracing cultural links between China and Africa.
Moffat Takadiwa, The Falling of Rhodes/ia, 2017, Computer keys, 250 x 230 x 45 cm. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery |Moffat Takadiwa, 'Mr Consumer', 2014, Found objects, 120 x 70 x 20 cm, Courtesy First Floor Gallery Harare