Chihota, Virginia
Born 1983 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe
Lives and works in Podgorica, Montenegro
Virginia Chihota’s drawings and monoprints express a world in which memory and metaphor collide. Chihota’s introspective works are inspired by rites of passage and her personal relationships. In recent years, she has submitted intimate parts of her life, such as her experiences of marriage, motherhood and cultural dislocation to considerable observation, transforming her thoughts into a body of works on paper of striking complexity. Chihota’s recent exhibitions include Prosthesis, Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2017); L’Autre continent: artistes, femmes, africaines, Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Le Havre (2016), Speaking Back, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2015) and Pangaea II, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015). In 2013, Chihota represented Zimbabwe at the 55th Venice Biennale and was awarded the Prix Canson in the same year. Her work is represented in institutions including Tate, London; the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; and Saatchi Gallery, London.
Virginia Chihota, ndichiri kutsvaga kukuziva (still seeking to know you), 2014 - 2016, Screen print on paper, 114 x 121.5 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary © Virginia Chihota