Please join us Wednesday March 29, 6-8PM at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street, NYC.
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ABOUT Transcultural protocol:
Performance by Admire Kamudzengerere and Rachel Monosov for the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial.
Through appropriation of familiar images from cinema and art history, the artists use gesture, dance and the act to question society's systems and patterns that cause tension within and between diverse groups. They mirror three spaces - the private, the public and that inside the art world - presenting images of melancholy, created of unmoving, posed bodies. The work invokes ideas of power, control, conflict, and race. How do we move away from our current way of seeing? Can diversity become a source of pride and not the basis for fear, war and terror?
Admire Kamudzengerere’s work explores identity, politics, and society, often informed by the multifaceted structural and political violence that has marked Zimbabwe’s last decade. His paintings frequently reveal an unequal world in which the powerful ride roughshod over the weak. His self-portraits, intense and undefinable, speak to personal struggle, self-definition and father-son relationships, but also apply more broadly to the theme of contemporary masculinity.
An artist with an international exhibition history, Kamudzengerere was the first Zimbabwean to be invited to the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2012). In 2017, he mounted his first solo exhibition with Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, is completing the Triangle Residency in New York City, and will represent Zimbabwe at the Venice Biennale.
RACHEL MONOSOV (b. 1987, Israeli)
Bridging photography, video, performance and sculpture, Russian-born Rachel Monosov delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, gender, and identity. Nature serves as a source for the artist’s imagery and objects, which can be interpreted as both symbolic and indexical. While her early career focused on autobiographical works steeped with a desire to grapple with her personal history, in recent years her work has reflected a rootless present rife with broader social implications.
Monosov works on a project basis, each year producing several bodies of work in a variety of themes and methodologies. She constructs entire worlds around her subjects, which function pursuant to their own set of rules and laws. Together, the works speak on socio-political issues related to territory as geography and body.
Monosov holds two MFAs from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium (2014/2016). She made her first museum presentation in 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, which was closely followed in January 2017 with a screening and performance at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium. Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG collective.