Tamary Kudita | Zimbabwe

“My work attempts to convey a truthful narrative and demonstrate how I engage with issues of invisibility, re-contextualization,
appropriation and subversion to preconceived ideas of black personhood.”

BIO

A product of dual heritage, Tamary Kudita was born in Harare,Zimbabwe in 1994, whilst her ancestry can be traced back to Orange Free State, historical Boer state in Southern Africa. She chose to study fine art at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. There, she graduated in 2017 with a bachelor of fine arts. Subsequently, she established herself in fine art photography thus beginning her artistic career. She maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited in Zimbabwe and outside the country.

Her investigation looking at the legacy of colonialism on the family structure, has resulted in exhibitions delving into the history of the Post-colonial identity. Her work speaks directly to the common reality amongst people of colour of an ‘obscured history’ which often negates their individual stories. She uses portraiture, merging her contemporary aesthetic with an historical aesthetic, as a way of showing how the old informs the new. In her works she intentionally employs African elements that have been super imposed filtering through a western medium. By reconfiguring the ‘African dresses as Victorian gowns’, she  inverts the social power indexed by Victorian dress and use clothing in ways that unpick inherited binaries haunting understandings of difference in Post-Colonial Africa.

She currently holds the title of Sony Open Photographer of The Year 2021 from the Sony World Photography Awards. She has been featured on various international media outlets and publications such as BBC News, CNN International, Forbes, Vogue Italia, The Independent UK, Huffington Post, Photo District News Magazine, TSA Contemporary Art Magazine and a special mention in The British Journal of Photography. She has also been awarded The Vaw Journal Most Inspiring Art Piece Award 2020 and The Voices of African Women Cover Book Award.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Art Takes 2021, Ki Smith Gallery, New York, USA, 2021 

African Victorian, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2019 

Solo exhibition, PH Center gallery,  Cape Town, South Africa, 2018 

Maintaining Memories,National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2017

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