b. 1982, Harare, Zimbabwe
Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe
Working as a multidisciplinary artist, Hwati describes himself as an interrogator of postcolonial “hangover cultures”. His work explores the transformation and evolvement of knowledge systems that are indigenous to his own cultural background whilst experimenting with the symbolism and perceptions attached to cultural objects.
With a focus on sculptural works, his process involves collecting historical, culturally imbued items, altering them and placing them into a contemporary urban context.
Masimba Hwati graduated from the Harare Polytechnic in 2003, and has continued to live and work in the capital city.
Most recently, Hwati was included in the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s (MMFA) upcoming exhibition, Face To Face: From Yesterday to Today, Non-Western Art and Picasso. The exhibition is produced by the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in partnership with the Musée national Picasso, Paris, with an adaptation by the MMFA. Hwati also participated in the group exhibition, Contemporary Art for Schools, which was hosted at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in July of this year.
In 2017, Hwati was the featured artist for SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Art Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. In 2015, Hwati was one of three artists selected for Pixels Of Ubuntu/Unhu, curated by Raphael Chikukwa for the Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Hwati was the winner of the Cape Town Art Fair’s Special Projects Section: Tomorrows/Today, with his solo presentation: don’t worry be happy. The presentation formed part of Consuming Us, an exhibition curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao.
Solo exhibitions include: Instruments of Memory / Simbi dzeNdangariro at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2016; don’t worry be happy, part of Tomorrows/Today for the Special Project Section at the Cape Town Art Fair in 2016; Quantumlogik at Gallery Delta in Zimbabwe in 2014 and Facsimiles of Energy in 2011, also at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Group exhibitions include Trek – Following Journeys at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, in 2015 (Hwati’s South African debut); Between the Sheets: 2012 Artists’ Books Exhibition at Gallery East in North Freemantle, Australia in 2012; Colour Africa: Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Simbabwe, Kulturallmende in Munich, Germany; and Food for Thought, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, both in 2011. In 2012, Hwati received an award for Multi Media – Tradition, Family and Religion – sponsored by the European Union. In 2015 he participated in the Zimbabwean Cultural Centre of Detroit (ZCCD) Artist Exchange programme in Detroit, USA.
- Masimba Hwati‘s work is included in From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art in Montreal, Canada. The exhibition opened on 12 May and is showing until 16 September 2018.