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Portia Zvavahera, This is Where I Travelled [4], 2020. Purchased with funds provided by Simon Nixon and family, 2022. Courtesy Tate Images

Portia Zvavahera

22 October 2024 – 16 February 2025, 11am – 5pm

Presenting new and recent paintings, this exhibition will be Portia Zvavahera’s first solo exhibition at a public gallery in Europe. Drawing on southern African culture, Christian iconography, traditional European painting and African printmaking, this exhibition will show artworks informed by the artists own dreams and the spiritual traditions she grew up with as a child.

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These semi-autobiographical works use layers of colour and texture and various artistic techniques including batik stencilling, block-printing, drawing and painting with ink.

The exhibition is organised by Kettle’s Yard in collaboration with the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, where it will travel from 1 March – 1 June 2025. It is curated by Tamar Garb, Durning Lawrence Professor in History of Art at University College London. A new publication will accompany the exhibition. 

About Portia Zvavahera

Portia Zvavahera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she currently lives and works. She studied at the BAT Visual Arts Studio, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, from 2003 to 2005. She then received a diploma in fine arts from Harare Polytechnic in 2006.

Ndakaoneswa murima, the artist’s first solo presentation in New York and her second with the gallery, was on view at David Zwirner, New York in 2021. Zvavahera’s first exhibition, Ndakavata pasi ndikamutswa nekuti anonditsigira, was at the David Zwirner Gallery’s London location in 2020.

The artist has presented several solo exhibitions with Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg (2014–2020), and a solo exhibition with Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (2017). The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, presented her solo exhibition Under My Skin in 2010, and in 2020, the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius, held her solo exhibition Walk of Life. She was invited to show her work as part of the Zimbabwean Pavilion exhibition Dudziro: Interrogating the Visions of Religious Beliefs at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2022, her work was included in the 59th Venice Biennale.

Portia Zvavahera in her studio, 2023. Photography by Gianluigi Guercia © Portia Zvavahera. Courtesy Stevenson and David Zwirner.


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