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TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Terrence Musekiwa emerges from a lineage steeped in the tradition of stone sculpture, an ancestral knowledge passed down through generations. This heritage finds its origin in the artistic legacy of his father, Kennedy Musekiwa, a testament to Zimbabwe's rich artistic tapestry spanning several centuries. Drawing upon deeply personal found objects, Musekiwa's creations
serve as a direct continuum of the oral histories that have endured and adapted through centuries of turmoil. Informed by syncretism, a strategy of preservation and survival found within oral traditions, Musekiwa's work serves as a manifestation of this
codification. He deftly merges and actualizes contemporary methodologies, philosophies, and materials, intertwining them with the profound wisdom accrued over generations past. In doing so, Musekiwa breathes life into his art, infusing it with an indomitable spirit and a profound resonance.

Terrence Musekiwa, Gumbezi rechengetedzo, 2023

Terrence Musekiwa

Gumbezi rechengetedzo, 2023

Springstone, synthetic material, silk, leather, aluminum, and plastic cable, 99 x 75 x 15"

Terrence Musekiwa, Gumbezi rechengetedzo (detail), 2023

Terrence Musekiwa

Gumbezi rechengetedzo (detail), 2023

Springstone, synthetic material, silk, leather, aluminum, and plastic cable

99 x 75 x 15 in

Terrence Musekiwa, Gumbezi rechengetedzo (detail), 2023

Terrence Musekiwa

Gumbezi rechengetedzo (detail), 2023

Springstone, synthetic material, silk, leather, aluminum, and plastic cable

99 x 75 x 15 in

Ultimately, I hope my work can demonstrate the importance of people believing in their culture. Understanding our heritage and passing on this knowledge to the next generation is such an important part of comprehending our contemporary selves.

Terrence Musekiwa  Mukuru (Elder), 2023

Terrence Musekiwa

Mukuru (Elder), 2023

Springstone, internet cables, brass door handles, an iron bike, crystal plastic beads, steal, aluminum, copper, 64 x 39 x 24"

Terrence Musekiwa, Mukuru (Elder) (detail), 2023

Terrence Musekiwa

Mukuru (Elder) (detail), 2023

Springstone, internet cables, brass door handles, an iron bike, crystal plastic beads, steal, aluminum, copper, 64 x 39 x 24"

Terrence Musekiwa, Muridzi wembariro, 2023

Terrence Musekiwa

Muridzi wembariro, 2023

Springstone, dried grass, copper, aluminum and plastic

24 x 30 x 10

Terrence Musekiwa,  rurimi moto (the tongue is fire), 2023

My journey never really had a beginning, as it was more of an inheritance. I consider the found objects I use as building blocks to communicate the narrative that I attempt with each series. The stone always symbolizes my Shona culture and traditions, while the found objects represent contemporary documented and undocumented histories. 

Terrence Musekiwa

rurimi moto (the tongue is fire), 2023

Springstone, Red Jasper, nitrous oxide canisters, brass rings, brass, aluminum, and teak, 41 x 11 x 15"

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Terrence Musekiwa

Photographed by Raphael Guilbert 

Terrence Musekiwa (b. 1990, Seke, Zimbabwe) Solo exhibitions include Coming From Where We Are Going (2019), Catinca Tabacaru New York; Pesvedzero Isingazivikanwe, Catinca Tabacaru, Bucharest; Influence of the Unknown, Triade Foundation, Art Encounters, Timișoara; Vashandi Vehurumende (“Government Workers”), Art Basel Hong Kong (Discoveries), presented by Catinca Tabacaru. In 2022 Musekiwa represented Zimbabwe in the 59th Venice Biennial, and was included in the 14th Dakar Biennale. His work has been acquired into the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Villa Datris Foundation
in France, and the US Department of State. In 2024 Musekiwa will have work included in the Villa Datris Foundation in France.

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