1972 is a 16-piece performance-based photographic work. The images present R. and A. living in Harare in 1972. At the time, interracial marriage was virtually impossible and there were political attempts to make it illegal. 1972 was also the beginning of a 7-year long guerrilla war between nationalists and the Rhodesian security forces.
Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere created real-life events as happenings in Zimbabwe. They threw a wedding, inviting the local community to witness the event. They placed themselves into different spaces creating convincing settings: from leisurely afternoons by the lake, to constructing their first home. The work is documentary photography infused with fiction. It all happened, yet never was.
The undocumented acts, reactions and effects, which lie beyond these photographs, are as much a part of the work as the images themselves. The happenings were entire “real-life” events. The artists did not stage a pose holding a goat for the camera. Instead, the image captured is a documentation of Kamudzengerere presenting Monosov with a dowry. The work is a merger between the artists’ lives and their art practice – to research the cultural boundaries and structures imposed upon them.
After individual solo shows with CATINCA TABACARU New York, this is Admire Kamudzengerere’s and Rachel Monosov’s first exhibition with the Gallery as a duo. In addition to their individual practices, the two have been working in collaboration since 2015; completing several projects in Zimbabwe, New York, Brussels and Paris. In 2017, they presented their collaborative performance work, Transcultural Protocol, at the Zimbabwe Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale, and the 11th Edition of the Bamako Biennale.
CATINCA TABACARU GALLERY debuted 1972 at EXPO Chicago in September 2017. The work was awarded the Northern Trust Purchase Prize and the full First Edition was acquired by the Block Museum for its permanent collection. It was reviewed by the Chicago Tribune and The Observer. Part of the Second Edition was acquired in France by Foundation Blachère a month later. Currently, 1972 is showing at Site131 in Dallas (through March 24), and at the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, PNCA in Portland (through April 14). 1972 will make its African debut at the Gallery’s satellite location, CTG Harare, in Zimbabwe, and at the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.
1972 in HYPERALLERGIC
“Catinca Tabacaru, which has galleries in both New York and Harare, Zimbabwe is displaying the work of Admire Kamudzengerere and Rachel Monosov, two artists who are represented by the gallery and who together had developed a semi-fictionalized project, 1972, to explore interracial marriage in Zimbabwe. Their project plays fast and loose with back-dated documentation and personal testimony to insert their “marriage” (which may or may not be legal) into the official governmental records of the country.”
1972 by Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere in COLLECTOR DAILY
“The entire backstory to this project is so intricately crafted that the series resonates with impressively brainy intelligence.”
Admire Kamudzengerere and Rachel Monosov: 1972 in New York Magazine
“It was a time of great racial unrest, and interracial marriage was still illegal. “We took the most problematic moment in history, and we’re changing it and saying, this existed as well,” said Rachel.”
Best Booths of EXPO Chicago in OBSERVER
“The booth from New York gallerist Catinca Tabacaru spotlights a new collaborative project from artist Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere…” – Taylor Dafoe
Northern Trust Purchase Prize Announced – Block Museum awarded Rachel Monosov & Admire Kamudzengerere’s “1972”
10 Must-See Galleries at Expo Chicago in Chicago Tribune
“…the New York gallery was selected by curator Justine Ludwig as a young gallery to watch… it presents unhinged silkscreens by Admire Kamudzengerere and stunning multimedia projects from Rachel Monosov.” – KT Hawbaker