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Michael Armitage. Photo by George Darrell. Courtesy of White Cube.

Artist Michael Armitage talks with Gasworks' exhibiting artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami about their formal and conceptual painting practices.

You can also read a transcription of this conversation on Ocula.


Artist Biographies

Michael Armitage is a Kenyan born artist living between Nairobi and London. The artist’s predominant concerns are the social and political issues facing our contemporary global society. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2019); South London Gallery, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; White Cube, Hong Kong (all 2017); and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco (2016). In 2019, Armitage's work was featured in the 58th Venice Biennale. He is currently working towards a solo exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami is a London-based artist born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. She is represented by Tyburn Gallery. Recent exhibitions include: The Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2019; Les Ateliers de Rennes–Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Rennes; Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; Triangle France, Marseille; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Espace Art Absolument, Paris; Fondation Clément, Martinique (all 2018); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; Tyburn Gallery, London (all 2017). In 2016, the same year she graduated from college, Hwami was awarded the Clyde & Co Award and the Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards, as well as featured in Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

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This event accompanies Kudzanai-Violet Hwami's exhibition (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1 at Gasworks, which continues until 15 December.