artHARARE at AKAA Paris, 2023

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Fungai Marima Tanaka Mazivanhanga Xanthe Somers Linnet Rubaya Ana Uzelac


artHARARE is proud to present the works of visual artists Fungai Marima, Tanaka Mazivanhanga, Ana Uzelac, Linnet Rubaya, and Xanthe Somers at the 2023 edition of Also Known As Africa Design and Art Fair in Paris, furthering our aim of establishing the platform as the pre-eminent avenue through which to experience contemporary art from Zimbabwe.

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Curated by Richard Mudariki, artHARARE’s presentation at AKAA showcases a generation of contemporary women visual artists who speak most vocally and accurately about their nation – its memories, dreams, challenges, hopes, and morals – through their artworks. These artists are deeply committed to their practices and identify with the narrative that is Zimbabwe. London-based Tanaka Mazivanhanga’s work points to the notion of preserving and documenting memories of home, as seen in her pieces ‘Mudziyo’ and ‘Kusimbirira’. Her work documents the surfaces, textures, marks, and fragments of overlooked and forgotten relics of life in Zimbabwe. Archiving is an integral part of Fungai Marima’s work, which documents personal and collective bodily experiences. The pieces shown at AKAA are part of her ‘Kumba’ series, which refers to home – Zimbabwe. For Paris-based Ana Uzelac, the Zimbabwean light and colours influence her vivid and colourful silk and canvas paintings. Her connection with the Zimbabwean bush is shown in the piece ‘Lioness’, a striking silk painting of a lion in the foreground, looking back. Leeds-based Linnet Panashe Rubaya’s distinct practice is dedicated to the everyday lives of Black people encountered in multicultural Britain. Drawing from her extensive digital archive, she paints Black bodies contrasted against bright colours. In the works shown here, skin colour as a device is used as matter of fact, almost goading the viewer’s perspective on race. Rubaya’s work says, “yes, I am black, but what else?”. The work forces the viewer to engage more sensitively with the subject beyond race, with the intent of challenging the demolished human respect that is afforded to Black people, and recognition of their intricacy and humanity. Sculptor Xanthe Somers’ satirical and multifunctional ceramic sculptures highlight her interest in the politics of aesthetics. For her, the sculptures interrogate how colonialism in Zimbabwe has manipulated aesthetic values. Her large-scale ceramic sculptures exaggerate, mock, and bring new focus to the concept of ‘beauty’ and ‘refinement’ that we have come to value. She uses ‘overly bright colours and heavily patterned details to ridicule notions of primitivism and exoticism, which are too often associated with Zimbabwean art.’ Our focus with this presentation is to curate the perspectives of practising artists who are living and practising outside of the country of their birth, and highlight how this has influenced their work.

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‘My practice focuses on the human form. I investigate and aim to reveal the vestiges left by the impact of the body on various materials in order to create a language that can aid learning and understanding. I want to give voice and space to bodies that are often silenced and marginalised within contemporary culture.’

Fungai Marima


Fungai Marima

Boy with a crowd II Kumba series 2019 70 x 100 cm Image transfer on paper € 2,500


Fungai Marima

Reach/Chinja Kumba series (2019) 70 x 100 cm Image transfer on paper € 2,500

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Fungai Marima

Empty Kumba series 2019 100 x 70 cm Image transfer & gold leaf € 2,500


Preserving the memory of spaces and surfaces that one day may be lost is the essence of my practice. I aim to draw out the details of the mundane and the everyday; to bring to the observer details and aspects they would not have previously acknowledged due to an automated familiarity.

Tanaka Mazivanhanga

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Tanaka Mazivanhanga

Kusimbirira (Resilience) 2022 50 x 70 cm Relief etching and photo transfer € 1,800


Tanaka Mazivanhanga

Mudziyo (Objects) 2022 29 x 38 cm Photo transfer & blind embossing € 1,500


Tanaka Mazivanhanga

Accra Streets II 2021 25.5 x 35 cm Relief etching and photo transfer € 1,200


Tanaka Mazivanhanga

Zviri mandiri (It is within me) 2022 80 x 90 cm Latex, screenprint, thread, & gold leaf € 6,000

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I use overly bright colours and heavily patterned details to ridicule notions of primitivism and exoticism, which are too often associated with Zimbabwean art.

Xanthe Somers

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Xanthe Somers

Welcome to the Anthropocene 2023 57 x 57 x 107 cm, base diameter: 36 cm Glazed stoneware, springs, & granite rocks € 6,700

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Xanthe Somers

The Linchpin 2023 47 x 47 x 108 cm, base diameter: 41 cm Glazed stoneware & granite rocks € 6,700

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The study of black figures is at the heart of my practice. I work from a vast collection of digital archives made up of personal photographs and images retrieved from various social networks. Today's media are my inspiration. I try to capture the sharing of intimacy, a distinctly contemporary reality.

Linnet Rubaya

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Linnet Rubaya

Are you coming 2022 100 x 150 cm Acrylic on canvas € 5,200

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Linnet Rubaya

My confidante 2022 90 x 75 cm Acrylic on canvas € 3,800

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Linnet Rubaya

Bluebird II 2022 80 x 80 cm Acrylic on canvas € 3,200

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With a foundation centred in the mediums of drawing and oil painting, my work seeks to explore and illuminate the varying, oftentimes cruel and destructive paths embarked upon by contemporary society. Themes such as capitalism, technological predominance, and our apparently unshakable commitment to the promotion of unbridled consumerism within “progressive” society are concepts which have served to inspire the production of these works. Ana Uzelac

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Ana Uzelac

Lioness 2023 186,6 x 137 cm Print on silk Limited edition 1/10 € 1,200

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Ana Uzelac

Vascular Connections 2023 137 x 114 cm Print on silk Edition 1/10 € 1,200

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Ana Uzelac

Sky Mountains 2023 112 x 112 cm Print on silk Edition 1/10 € 1,200

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This catalogue was published for the exhibition at Also Known As Africa Art and Design Fair, Paris, 20-22 October 2023

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