David Zwirner is pleased to present its first exhibition with Portia Zvavahera (b. 1985) since announcing representation of the artist earlier this year. Titled Ndakaoneswa murima, which translates from Shona to English as ‘I was made to see the dark side,’ and taking place at the gallery’s 525 West 19th Street location in New York, the exhibition will feature a series of new paintings. In these works, the Harare-based artist continues to develop her subject matter by joining her carefully charted dream worlds with her lived experience and daily rituals. Zvavahera expands her practice with new motifs and narratives, populated by symbolic creatures that become powerful conduits for interpreting her spiritual visions and contemplating our earthly existence. This body of work also builds upon her interest in combining varied painting and printmaking techniques to produce intricate designs and delicate lacelike patterns across her vast canvases. This will be Zvavahera’s first solo presentation in New York and her second exhibition with David Zwirner.
Image: Portia Zvavahera, Title to be confirmed, 2021. © Portia Zvavahera. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner.