Catinca Tabacaru NYC/Harare Collective

Coming From Where We Are Going

Terrence Musekiwa

2  —  30 June 2019

Terrence Musekiwa
Coming From Where We Are Going, 2019
Catinca Tabacaru NY

Terrence Musekiwa
Coming From Where We Are Going, 2019
Catinca Tabacaru NY

Terrence Musekiwa
Gumbeze ra amai (mother’s blanket), 2019
Spring stone, wooden arrow, silk sewn onto canvas
24 × 24 × 24 in | 61 × 61 × 61 cm

Terrence Musekiwa
Vanhu vatema nevhu (Ubuntu and the earth), 2019
silk sewn onto canvas
approx. 96 × 35 × 36 in | 244 × 89 × 91 cm

Terrence Musekiwa
Vanhu vatema nevhu (Ubuntu and the earth), 2019 (detail)

Terrence Musekiwa
munhu hunhu (human behavior), 2019
silk sewn onto canvas, spring stone, wire, silk
approx. 40 × 36 × 7 in | 101 × 91 × 18 cm

Terrence Musekiwa
munhu hunhu (human behavior), 2019 (detail)

Terrence Musekiwa
Imwe pfungwa uye simba (one mind and influence), 2019
silk, spring stone, beads, bulbs sewn onto canvas
approx. 66 × 91 in | 168 × 231 cm

Terrence Musekiwa
Imwe pfungwa uye simba (one mind and influence), 2019
silk, spring stone, beads, bulbs sewn onto canvas

Terrence Musekiwa
Coming From Where We Are Going, 2019
Catinca Tabacaru NY

Terrence Musekiwa
African Royals, 2019
Approx. 8 in tall each

Terrence Musekiwa
Coming From Where We Are Going, 2019
Catinca Tabacaru NY

Terrence Muskekiwa
Shaman, 2018
Archival pigment print
8 × 12 in | 20 × 30 cm

Terrence Musekiwa
ivhu kuvhu, dota ku dota (ashes to ashes, dust to dust), 2019
silk, spring stone, magic stick, metal sewn on canvas
approx. 55 × 75 in | 139 × 190 cm

New York, NY, May 21, 2019: Catinca Tabacaru New York | Harare is proud to present Terrence Musekiwa: Coming From Where We Are Going, opening Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the gallery’s Lower East Side space at 250 Broome Street. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, and our final show at this location.

The exhibition presents a body of work that walks the line between politics and culture, masculine and feminine, soft and hard. The works present themselves as vibrant plumes made of thickly woven raw silk. Stone heads peer out, reminding us of the traditional Shona carving techniques Musekiwa began mastering at the age of 5. The reductive process of toiling stone is paralleled with the equally laborious sowing of silk, resulting in the visual and textural contrasts that beget tension-filled relationships.

The sculptures lounge around the gallery space, some suspended from the walls, or the ceiling, or draped lethargically atop invisible bases. They create dense environments susceptible to change with each installation. The acceptance of chance as a factor of form allows the works to exist on their own terms. Together, they both occupy and create space.

This series began in 2018 when Musekiwa made and wore a silk suit to create the photograph hanging on the back wall of the gallery. The moment signals to the artist’s interest in performance, fashion, and ceremonial concepts, in addition to his more politically-toned practice.

Musekiwa is searching for new visual layers. The introduction of vivid colors to an oeuvre previously dominated by black and white, beckons meaning, and the artist points to the codes written into the flags of the 27 Bantu-speaking African nations. From these, he builds a new key vocabulary attaching concept to hue, and history to material.