A self-described ‘spiritual garbage man’, Moffat Takadiwa reconfigures found consumer waste gleaned from the streets and dumps of Harare into almost magical compositions that convey the aura of a totemic or ritualised object. His practice over the past several years has evolved to the elevation of found objects into sculptural forms that engage with issues of cultural identity, spirituality, social practice and the environment. His work speaks potently to the cultural dominance illustrated by the consumption of foreign products in Zimbabwe and across Africa.
Takadiwa is perhaps one of the most widely geographically exhibited and collected of the ‘born free’ (post independence) generation of Zimbabwean artists. Having exhibited in all the major institutions in Zimbabwe, including the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Bulawayo, in the past several yearshe has steadily garnered international attention, with exhibitions in Bangkok, Paris, Amsterdam, NewYork, London, Berlin and Johannesburg. Takadiwa was born in Karoi, Zimbabwe in 1983 and lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe. He trained at Harare Polytechnic Fine Arts Department and has been practicing professionally since 2006.