Bulawayo conversations: POWERPLAY – Navigating the African Digital Art Space

We are delighted to invite you to join us for a ZOOM meeting with Bolatito (Tito), Vincent Bezuidenhout and Isaac Karikui, Kumbirai Makumbe, Niyi Okeowo moderated by Bulawayo Gallery Curator Cliford Zulu. The five artists will unpack digital art in the African Artspace. The meeting will be held on Thursday 25 March 2021, Topic: POWERPLAY – Navigating the African Digital Art Space, Time: 01:00 PM London time

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Meeting ID: 997 9306 6008  Passcode: 175043

POWERPLAY, is an itinerant group exhibition featuring artists working within digital media, moving image and technology. Co-commissioned by London-based arebyte Gallery and the National Gallery Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, with support from the New Art New Audiences grant from the British Council. The first showing of the exhibition was presented at arebyte Gallery in London, and travelled to Bulawayo Zimbabwe where it is showing until 31 March 2021 before traveling to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Mutare in 2021.   POWERPLAY features work by Mr Color, Balito Aderemi Ibitola, Vincent Bezuidenhout, Scumboy, King Debs, Mbakisi Sibanda, Kumbirai Makumbe and Isaac Kariuki: Virtual Reality iteration done by Christopher McLnnes.

You can see more about the exhibition here and the installation shots in Bulawayo here

PANELLISTS

Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and video. Her work focuses on the inter sections of race, gender, and ethnicity. Born in Lagos Nigeria her family emigrated from the country to the United States when she was seven years old. Her family gained citizenship and she completed primary, secondary, and undergraduate collegiate education in the United States. She graduated from Allegheny College in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication: Digital Storytelling and a minor in Political Science. She returned to Nigerian the fall of that year. She is based in Lagos where she is living and working. She completed her Masters degree in Performance Studies at NYU: Tisch School of the performing arts in 2018.  

Kumbirai Makumbe currently takes form as a London based artist who believes in the transmutation of the intangible yet experiential. They are enticed by the materiality of digitally generated matter with their work residing at the intersection of art, technology, and the ethereal. They place significant effort into speculative explorations of alternative modes of being and thinking that could negate exclusionary acts and ideologies. Their work continually interrogates the multi-dimensionality of blackness, exclusionary acts, notions of inclusion, ‘in-betweenness’, ‘caring’, and transcendence. They are situation-dependent, transform & metamorphose to ceaselessly take on various forms and maneuver through a diverse range of spaces.

Vincent Bezuidenhout is a South African born artist whose work spans image-making and investigative documentary practices. His research-based process employs narratives and histories to examine the psychology of power in relation to identity. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from The National Arts Council of South Africa, The Goethe Institut, The Tierney Fellowship, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, School of Visual Arts – NYC and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Residencies include the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and Photoglobal at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Bezuidenhout holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, is a published writer, and has lectured widely.

Niyi Okeowo (Mr Color) is an Art Director, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Mr. Color is an ongoing expression and collection of visuals by Nigerian visual artist Niyi Okeowo. It explores themes of futurism, Afrofuturism, isolation, anxiety, exploration, and geometric structures.

Isaac Kariuki is a visual artist and writer living between London and Nairobi. His work centres on technology, surveillance and internet culture as it relates to the global south and marginalised groups.  He holds an MA from Central Saint Martins with a concentration in digital art. He is the founder of Diaspora Drama, a three-part publication exploring creative people of colour with overarching themes of the internet and technology.

TEAM

Nimrod Vardi – Founder and Creative Director, arebyte Gallery

Claudel Goy – Managing Director, arebyte Gallery

Rebecca Edwards – Curator, arebyte Gallery

Edward Martin – Curatorial Assistant, arebyte Gallery

Butholezwe Kgosi – Regional Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo

Clifford Zulu – Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo

Thabiso Mohare – Southern Africa Arts Project Manager, British Council

For more details, please contact, sabona@mweb.co.zw