A detail from a painting by Portia Zvavahera, dated 2020.

Portia Zvavahera

Ndakavata pasi ndikamutswa nekuti anonditsigira

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David Zwirner is pleased to present new paintings by the Zimbabwean artist Portia Zvavahera, on view in The Upper Room at the gallery’s London location.

In her paintings, Zvavahera gives form to emotions that manifest from other realms and dimensions beyond the domains of everyday life and thought. Her vivid imagery is rooted in the cornerstones of our earthly existence—life and death, pain and pleasure, isolation and connection, and love and loss

 

These deeply personal visions are realized through layers of vibrant color and ornate, veil-like patterns that the artist builds up into palimpsestic surfaces through a combination of expressive brushwork and an elaborate printmaking process that uses wax-resist dyeing often found in batik textiles. 

Zvavahera’s compositions draw on the particular traditions of figuration in past and present Zimbabwe, first expressed in the work of Thomas Mukarobgwa in the 1960s, while also pointing to postwar artistic practices that probe the nature of the human condition.

 

Image: Portia Zvavahera, untitled, 2020 (detail)

Dates
September 15October 31, 2020
Artist
Portia Zvavahera

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