Admire Kamudzengerere

Exhibitions

Biography

Admire Kamudzengerere was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1981, where he lives and works.

Kamudzengerere was awarded a diploma in Fine Arts in 2003 by the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design in Harare. He works in performance, video, installation and painting, as well as various printmaking techniques including monotype, silkscreen and lithography, and uses his expressive, experimental practice to capture themes of psychological and political struggle, both the personal histories of family and the parallel narratives of society and nation.

Solo exhibitions include I am gonna…you. Till you run., Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, USA (2017); Antipathy, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2014); Galerie 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013); and Variations in the game, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2010).

Selected group exhibitions include Mono|Chrome, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, Canada (2017); Zig Zag Zim, The National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe (2016); Down to Earth, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, Netherlands (2014); Old & new: A Zimbabwean Italian Tale, Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”, Rome, Italy (2013); Past and Present – A Retrospective Insight, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012); Modern Art of Zimbabwe, The Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, Korea (2010); and Zimbabwean Contemporary Arts, Dakar, Senegal (2009).

The artist has participated in numerous residencies, including the Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2017); Guns & Rain, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); and The Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012-13).

In 2018, the artist’s solo project for miart won the On Demand Prize for the best presentation within the On Demand section of the fair. He has won awards and fellowships from the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam (2014), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012), the Hivos Foundation (2011), and the Culture Fund Zimbabwe (2010), along with a number of other Zimbabwean organisations and foreign embassies.

His work is included in international collections such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Angola, Fondation Blachère, France, the Block Museum of Art, USA, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Kamudzengerere was included in the 2018 Dak’Art Biennale, curated by Simon Njami. In 2017, he participated in Afrotopia, Rencontres de Bamako 11th African Biennale of Photography, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi. His work formed part of the Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, a group exhibition entitled Deconstructing Boundaries: Exploring Ideas of Belonging (2017). He has also exhibited at the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, as part of a special project, Playing Nature (2013), as well as having his film Grey Chess screened at the 2015 RomAfrica Film Festival in Rome, Italy.

Education

2003

Diploma Level in Fine Arts, National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design, Zimbabwe.

Atelier Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Solo project, Miart, Milan, Italy.

2017

I am gonna…you. Till you run., Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, USA.

2014

Antipathy, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2013

Galerie 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2010

Variations in the game, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe.

Two person Exhibitions

2018

Admire Kamudzengerere and Rachel Monosov, 1972, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY, USA, and CTG Harare, Zimbabwe.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

UNKNOWING KNOWNS / KNOWING UNKNOWNS, UNFINISHED Festival, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania.

Five Bhobh – Painting At the End of an Era, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa.

Dak’Art Biennale, curated by Simon Njami, Dakar, Senegal.

NEW FEELINGS: Transformative Play and Discourse on Photography from a Diasporic Perspective, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (PNCA), Portland, OR, USA.

2017

Afrotopia, Rencontres de Bamako 11th African Biennale of Photography, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Bamako, Mali.

Deconstructing Boundaries: Exploring Ideas of Belonging, Zimbabwean Pavilion, 57th International Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Mono|Chrome, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, Canada.

2016

Zig Zag Zim, The National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2015

RomAfrica Film Festival, Rome, Italy.

2014

Down to Earth, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, Netherlands.

2013

Playing Nature, The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Special Projects, Moscow, Russia.

Old & new: A Zimbabwean Italian Tale, Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini”, Rome, Italy.

3 Man Show, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Select Collection, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2012

Past and Present – A Retrospective Insight, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2011

Islamic International Festival of Art, Gorgan, Iran.

Unleashed: 3 Man Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Color Africa, Munich, Germany.

2010

Harare International Festival of Arts, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Fifth Column, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Modern Art of Zimbabwe, The Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, Korea.

2009

Zimbabwean Contemporary Arts, Dakar, Senegal.

2008

Between in Line, Avignon University, Avignon, France.

2006

Rembrandt: An African Response, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2005

Don Quixote, An African perspective, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2004

Seven Contemporary Young Artist, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Young Artist exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Residencies

2017

Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, USA.

2016

Guns and Rain, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015

CTG: Zimbabwe, CTG Collective in collaboration with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2014

Thami Mnyele Studios, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2012-13

The Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Biography & Press

2017

Furtado, Will, Where Drawing and Performance Meet, contemporaryand.com, 8 December 2017.

Cohen, Alina, Amplifications of Memory, thenation.com, 26 May 2017.

Pswarayi, Tadzoka, Admire Kamudzengerere Breaks Boundaries at the Art Biennale, thisisafrica.me, 13 May 2017

Sargent, Antwaun, An Artist Drew 900 Post-It Self-Portraits to Remember His Father, vice.com, 6 April 2017.

Lehrer, Adam, 'Art Points The Way To Empathy' Zimbabwean Artist Admire Kamudzengerere Reaches A Global Audience, forbes.com, 27 March 2017.

----, Father’s death inspires Kamudzengerere, herald.co.zw, 23 February 2017.

2016

Tsumele, Edward, Zim artists seek market in SA, africanindy.com, 27 May 2016.

Awards

2018

On Demand Prize, miart, Italy.

2014

Thami Mnyele Award, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Netherlands.

2012

International Cultural Unit, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Netherlands.

2011

Artist Mediation and Travel Support, Hivos Foundation.

2010

The Fifth Column solo exhibition grant, Culture Fund Zimbabwe.

Collections

National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Fundação Sindika Dokolo, Angola.

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Netherlands.

Block Museum of Art, USA.

The Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

Collection Praz-Delavallade, France.

Fondation Blachère, France.

Tiroche DeLeon Collection.

Beth Rudin Dewoody.

Serge Tiroche.

Soho House, UK.