Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude

Born and raised in Mbare, Harare and Zimbabwe’s most vibrant and notorious ghetto,

Nyaude works against the sweeping identity, which has been denied for Zimbabweans by the voice of the state and domestic and international media. His images oscillate between guration, abstraction and hallucination, drawing from restless energy of his neighbourhood and its youth, in a country, where more than 60% of the population is under the age of 26.

 

Living on the edge between survival and chaos, has been a call to poetry, swinging between brutal and sentimental but almost invariably cynical and satirical. His gesturally rendered effegies of proverbs and poignant vernacular idioms,

defy characterisation other than the bursting drive to attain human dignity and quality

of life that frequently appears beyond the reach of dreams.

 

Nyaude has started to exhibit widely, with notable recent shows at Vanguard Gallery (Shangai), Sa Bassa Blanca Museum (Mallorca), and the New Museum Triennial (New York).