Lizette Chirrime | Mozambique

“These abstract forms evoke the human body and my identity-responsive practice where I refashion my self-image and transcend a painful upbringing that left me shattered and broken. I literally ‘re-stitched’ myself together. These liberated ‘souls’ are depicted ‘dancing’ on the canvas, bringing to mind, well-dressed African women celebrating”

Lizette Chirrime was born in 1973 in Angoche (Nampula), Mozambique and grew up in Maputo. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. 

She attended commercial school until the age of seventeen but creating artworks using paint and sewing has always been her passion. In 2004 she was invited to host her first solo exhibition in Mozambique and in 2005 she accepted a three-month residency at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa. She creates large-scale textile-driven works on canvas with abstract forms rendered in a collage of printed fabrics from Tshwe-tshwe to other so-called African prints associated with dress on the continent.

The interplay between textiles, abstraction, and art as a therapeutic and spiritual tool, make Chirrime’s art unique and distinctively African. “I grew up under very harsh conditions, angry and afraid of life and with no self-esteem. I was a wounded person. I started gardening and drawing and this became my therapy. As a young adult, I found myself on an island off the coast of Nyambane in Mozambique where I lived on my own for months. Here I started facing nature and understanding that I am part of nature and that I could conquer my fears feeding off the strength of this very nature I am part of. I kept myself busy during the days creating artworks out of found materials. This is where the healing process started.”

Selected solo exhibitions

Mothers Gift, Gus gallery, Stellenbosh University, Stellenbosh, South Africa 

The Forms of Invisible Diamonds, WORLDART Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 

A Sinfonia da Alma Liberta II (Sounds of a Free Soul), WORLDART Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 

A Sinfonia da Alma Liberta, Centro Cultural FrancoMoçambicano (CCFM), Maputo, Mozambique

Metamorfosa de saco, Associação Moçambicano de Fotografie (MMF), Maputo, Mozambique

Selected group exhibitions

Deus ex femina, Group exhibition, AKKA Project Dubai, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, UAE

Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorim, Norway 

Knoop/Knot, Gus Gallery, Stellenbosh University, Stellenbosh, South Africa 

Strange stuttering shapes, Woordfees Festival, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 Perve Gallery 20th anniversary, Lisboa, Portugal 

Fynart Festival, Hermanus, South Africa 

Constitution Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

UCT Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

51.3%, Daor Contemporary, Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Gates of Horn and Ivory, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

Gallery is art, Franschhoek, South Africa 

Images of Displacement, District six Homecoming Centre Gallery, Cptw, South Africa

AKAA art Fair, Paris 

Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey 

Emotes Incorporadas, Perve gallery, Alfama, Portugal 

Just Lx, Carris Museum, Lisbon, Portugal 

35, Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg, South Africa

City lights…and shadows, Stephen Welz, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa 

Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, South Africa 

1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London 

Roots, Instituto Camŏes, Maputo, Mozambique

Sombres Movimentos e Senhos, Centro Cultural Americano, Maputo, Mozambique

Africa South, Association of Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town, South Africa 

Face(in), Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

Colour me, Greatmore studios, Cape Town, South Africa

Women who make art, Museu Nacional de Arte (MUSART), Maputo, Mozambique

Selected Works


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