Eve's Diaries is the first solo exhibition for Mavis Tauzeni with First Floor Gallery Harare, presenting major new canvases focusing on the frictions and tensions in the lives of Zimbabwe's new generation of women, as they brush up against modernity, tradition and social expectati
What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a woman today? What does it mean to be a woman today in Zimbabwe? What does it mean to be a young woman today in Zimbabwe?
The answers to these questions are sought by every woman growing up in Zimbabwe today. And while the questions are few, the answers are as complex and as unique as the women called up on to answer them. It is this complexity that Mavis Tauzeni challenges us to engage with in Eve’s Diaries.
Contemporary life has created a number of ruptures in the value systems and expectations, which don’t easily co-exist – from the tensions between the new opportunities to pursue one’s dreams and ambitions and expectations of becoming a wife and a mother, from the challenges of having your voice heard in a male dominated field to no losing your femininity at the same time. While personal and even intimate, these are also deeply important questions being played out on the macro level of society, building a vision for an inclusive and successful future in which each person’s talent has a chance to contribute and respect for diversity complements social cohesion.
Like the answers Tauzeni is looking for in Eve’s Diaries, her approach to painting and composition is open ended, allowing each one of us to step into her vision, with a sense of wonder and exploration, at times hopeful at what can be and rueful at what is. Her figuration is only a suggestion of form, a hint for you to follow and to develop your line of thought, your own impression, your own questions and resolutions. While passionately expressive of her inner quest, Tauzeni facilitates our own and for this we have be grateful.