Discarded objects, computer waste, aerosol cans,spray bottles, toothbrushes,..
Takadiwa creates large-scale sculptural pieces from ordinarily discarded materials, including everything from computer waste, aerosol cans and spray bottles, to toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. He weaves together these small everyday objects to make impressive organic forms evocative of jewel-encrusted excess. The artist’s choice of materials communicates his concern with issues around consumerism, inequality, post-colonialism and the environment.
Working with local upcoming young artists and young creatives, Takadiwa aims to create the world’s first arts district made of reused and repurposed materials.
“As result, every time I see my work, it reflects to me something of that community and gives me memories of my people. My work often tells a story, for example, Smell of Foreign Policy, which is made out of gold perfume bottle tops tells a tale of my people importing vanity items while we are passing through difficult times. Perhaps we are trying to obscure the smell left in our cities by the uncollected garbage and sewage, perhaps we are seeking comfort from these items of relative luxury“ (In conversation with Moffat Takadiwa by Olivier Enwonwu from omenkaonline.com )
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018| Grahamstown, South Africa | RAW SPOT GALLERY, Rhodes University |Framed in Colonial Lenses
2017| London, UK | TYBURN GALLERY | Say hello to English
2016| South Africa | ACROSS BORDERS | Whatiftheworld
2015| London, UK | TYBURN GALLERY | Foreigh Objects.
2015| South africa | Gallery Special Projects, FNB Joburg Art Fair | Local Foreign Products.
2012| Harare, Zimbabwe| FIRST FLOOR GALLERY| Africa Not Reachable!
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019| Oslo, Norway | VESTFOSSEN KUNSTLABORATORIUM | KUBATANA: An exhibition with Contemporary African Artists.
2019| Marrakech, Morocco | MUSEUM OF AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY ART AL MAADEN| Material Insanity.
2018| The Hague, Netherlands | NEST | Language is the Only Homeland.
2018| Los Angeles,CA,USA| NICODIM GALLERY| The Eye Sees Not Itself.
2018| Malibu, CA, USA | DEPART FOUNDATION | Right at the Equator.
2017| Wrimar, Germany | KUNSTFEST | Chinafrika.
2017| Paris, France| GALERIE DES GALERIES|Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi.
2016| Cape Town, South Africa | WHATIFTHEWORLD| Dear Europa…
2015| Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.
2015| Foreign Bodies, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.
2011| Paris, France | PAVE D’ORSAY| Harare Paris.
2012| Amsterdam, The Netherlands | KUNSTVLAAI FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDANCE| Inexactly This.
2010 | harare, Zimbabwe |FIRST FLOOR GALLERY | First Steps.
2018| Grahamstown, South Africa| RHODES UNIVERSUTY | RAW Residency of Artists and Writers.
2017| Kenya | The Gathering.
2008| Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe | BA Honors Fine Art.
Currently lives and works in Harare.
1983| born in Karoi,Zimbabwe
Hecker, Judith (ed.), Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now: Prints from the Museum of Modern Art, Museum Of Modern Art, NYC, 2011.
Art Jameel, United Arab Emirates.
Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium.
Shanti Art Collection.
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), France and South Africa.
Villa Datris Foundation, France.
Fondazione Golinelli, Italy.
2016|Harare, Zimbabwe | National Gallery of Zimbabwe |Award of Merit, Cottco Exhibition and Prize
2016| Harare, Zimbabwe | GALLERY DELTA | Special Prize, Enriching Woman.
2012 | Harare, Zimbabwe| Award of Attendance.
2010| Harare, Zimbabwe| GALLERY DELTA | Award of Merit, Peace Through Unity Exhibition.
2010| Zimbabwe | GALLERY DELTA | Special Mention Prize, Facet Zimbabwe Now Exhibition.
2009| Harare, Zimbabwe | 2nd Prize Walls, Special Mentions, Peace Through Unity Exhibition Delta.