At Art Brussels Tiwani Contemporary will present a selection of new works by Gareth Nyandoro, Virginia Chihota and Thierry Oussou.
Gareth Nyandoro is known for his large works on paper, which often spill out of their two-dimensional frame and into installations, and often include scraps and found objects taken directly from the markets of Harare. The artist’s unique technique was inspired by his training as a printmaker. He developed a distinctive working method, derived from etching: using sharp blades, he cut-draws into large pieces of paper and sponges ink onto its surface before removing the top layer of paper with tape. Only ink that is trapped within the deep, sharp paper cuts remains visible, along with coils of scrap paper, which Nyandoro often collages onto the work, or leaves sprinkled on the floor as clues to suggest his labour intensive, precision work. Nyandoro has named his technique “Kucheka cheka”, after the infinitive and present tense declinations of the shona verb cheka, which means ‘to cut’.
Gareth Nyandoro was born in 1982 in Bikita, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Harare. Nyandoro was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2014 – 2015) and represented Zimbabwe at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Recent exhibitions include: Van Doren Waxter, NY, USA (2018); Magasins Généraux, Paris (2018); Quetzal Art Centre, Vidigueira (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (solo, 2017); Tiwani Contemporary, London (solo, 2017); Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2017); Tiwani Contemporary, London (solo, 2016); Modern Art Oxford (2016); and National Gallery of Zimbabwe (solo, 2012). Public collections include MoMA, USA and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Virginia Chihota’s work explores black female subjectivity and the notion of ‘belonging’ as a form of cosmopolitanism. Across printmaking, drawing and painting, she suggests novel ways to think about dislocated subjects, domesticity and shifting identities. Born in Zimbabwe, Chihota has lived in Libya, Tunisia, Austria and Montenegro. Her itinerant experiences shape her work and her sense of self. She describes her practice as a ‘reflection on self-discovery in constantly changing circumstances’. Having trained as a printmaker, Chihota’s use of screen-printing is as confident as it is original. She works with multiple screens to produce unique works of striking formal complexity.
Virginia Chihota (b.1983, Zimbabwe) represented Zimbabwe at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 and was awarded the Prix Canson in the same year. Recent exhibitions include: The Drawing Room, London (2019), Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (2017); Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Le Havre (2016); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2015); Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover (2014); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2014); Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2014); and the Lyon Biennale (2011). Chihota has had two solo exhibitions at Tiwani Contemporary, following which her work was acquired by Tate, Deutsche Bank, Saatchi and FRAC-Picardie. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition Mhamha in May 2019 at Tiwani Contemporary in London.
Thierry Oussou's paintings on black paper showcase his distinctively gestural style with drips, scratches, splatters and calligraphic marks. Distorted figures, faces, objects and symbols float freely against the dark background of the paper. Oussou is interested in commonplace, everyday life drawings – the kind that is barely noticeable yet ubiquitous, and highlights drawing’s nature as a universal human endeavour, a shared visual language of expression.
Thierry Oussou was born in 1988 in Allada, Benin and is currently based in Amsterdam. In 2016, Oussou was awarded the first Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship at Rijksakademie V. B. K. and was nominated for the Dutch Royal Award for Modern Painting. Recent exhibitions include 10th Berlin Biennale (2018), Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands (2018); Stevenson, Johannesburg (2018); Garage Rotterdam (2018); Cargo in Context, Amsterdam (2017); No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam (2016); Bradwolff Project Space, Amsterdam (2016); Witteveen Art Space, Amsterdam (2016); SESC, Belenzinho, São Paulo (2015); mòsso, Brussels (2014).