SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Artist Talk: Kudzanai-Violet Hwami in conversation with Sabel Gavaldon

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

Date: 2 December 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 2 December 2019Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Sotheby's Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE

Type of Event: Talk

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami was born in Zimbabwe in 1993 and spent part of her childhood in South Africa. She lives and works in London. Her work is presented at the Zimbabwe pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and her first institutional solo exhibition is currently held at Gasworks, in London.

Made with a bright colour palette, Hwami’s paintings are often inspired by old family photographs and refer to digital imagery. Most of her works include portraits or self-portraits developing narratives of displacement and raising questions about sexuality, gender and identity.

She said, ‘Being a black body, there is a sense that politics will follow you wherever you go. But how can I escape that for just a little while?’

The talk will be followed by a drink reception.


This event is open to the public, however registration is required. Online Registration

Organiser: SOAS Centre of African Studies & Sotheby's Institute Of Art

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