Gallery Special Project
11 September - 13 September 2015
WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present Local Foreign Products, a solo presentation by Moffat Takadiwa, as part of the Gallery Special Projects at the 2015 FNB Joburg Art Fair (Booth 41).
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 years he has steadily garnered international attention, with exhibitions in Bangkok, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, 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.