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Kudzanai Chiurai / Madness and Civilisation (Exhibition)
13 April 18 - 12 May 18, Goodman Gallery Cape Town

Madness and Civilization brings to light Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai's ongoing interest in the cyclical nature of struggle, liberation and freedom, in part through a re-staging of his first solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe last year. The exhibition takes its title from Michel Foucault's seminal text, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. For Chiurai, the ideas contained within this work relate to a central concern of his, regarding whether the colonial project of 'cultural disarmament' was so effective that Africa will never be able to imagine a future that has not been pre-determined by its colonial past? Curated by Candice Allison, the work articulates this question 'through his use of intertextuality, which flattens the perceived differences between high art and popular culture, European and African art, geographic boundaries, and linear concepts of past, present and future.' There will be an experimental sound-clash performance at the opening by El Corazon (Atiyyah Khan - Future Nostalgia) using records exploring sounds from Zimbabwean Chimurenga music and South African anti-apartheid struggle songs combined with archival recordings of speeches of power, protest and revolution. Chiurai will be in conversation with writer and art critic Khanya Mashabela on 14 April at Goodman Gallery Cape Town.

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