Left to right: Kudzanai Chiurai, We Live in Silence, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery. Mikhael Subotzky, WYE, 2016, Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery. Zina Saro-Wiwa,Table Manners, 2014–2018. Courtesy of the artist.
This exhibition features video works by contemporary African artists who are contending with inherited political, social, and environmental realities in their respective countries. Artists Kudzanai Chiurai (b. 1981, Zimbabwe), Zina Saro-Wiwa (b. 1976, Nigeria), and Mikhael Subotzky (b. 1981, South Africa) grapple with the ramifications of colonial legacies. Though belonging to the same post-independence generation, their disparate backgrounds result in three starkly different viewpoints on what the future holds. Chiurai’s We Live in Silence seeks to create new myths and histories as a means of creating a path forward; Saro-Wiwa’s Table Manners focuses on environmental degradation in the region of her birth and promotes healing through the act of eating local foods; and Subotsky’s WYE questions white complicity in the many failures of post-Apartheid South Africa.