Neville Starling | Zimbabwe

“In Zimbabwe, one must be a renaissance man just to survive – undefined and unfixed. One must be proficient in the strangest things as a means of normal existence.”


Neville Starling is a self-taught, interdisciplinary artist, born in 1988 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he is currently based.
Starling works in a variety of mediums and disciplines from sound and/or light-based kinetic sculptures, to film and photography to sculptural adaptations of antiquated photo-centric techniques as well as found or community centred photographic and sound archives.

Motivated by his father’s windows of changed personality due to Alzheimer’s disease, Starling deconstructs time’s relationship with memory; memory being viewed by the artist as how we have learned to be in the world. He explores courses of normalization and change, the processes of forced and chosen memories, modes of individuation and collectivism, as well as the connection between future being and the cultural archive. These are examined within the interplay of reality, influence, and perception with memory, and how these are interwoven with the continuum of identity.



Rhythmic Elements, Group exhibition curated by Tafadzwa Gwetai, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Starling co-represented Zimbabwe at the 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times, 2019.

He has also been selected to participate in the postponed 14th Dak’Art Biennial Ĩ ‘Ndaffa / Forging / Out of the Fire, 2022.

He’s first South African solo exhibition, Worlds are Made and Unmade; I Hear the Music of Spheres, 2020 was shown at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg where he was recently a resident artist. Starling’s early solo exhibition, Rest Until, traveled to The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2016.

Notable group exhibitions include: I had a dream, 2019, conducted by Simon Njami and Andrew Tshabangu, held at the Africa Center, New York City, U.S.A.; Lost and Found: Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope, 2018 curated by Raphael Chikukwa at The National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Starling finished runner-up in the first Zimbabwean PPC Imaginarium Awards in 2018. In 2021 Starling will undertake a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.