Rehema Chachage: Mlango Wa Navushiku
From March 30 to April 18, 2017, Circle Art Gallery will present Mlango Wa Navushiku (Navushiku’s Lineage) by Tanzanian visual artist Rehema Chachage. Here, for the first time, audiences will experience first hand her extensive and diverse art practice from the last five years in the form of video, performance, installation and photography.
Mlango Wa Navushiku explores traditional rituals from Tanzanian patriarchal society and how these rituals have had an impact on the female body, identity and emancipation. The exhibition is inspired by the artist’s personal interest in historical narratives; starting with stories of her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, illustrating generations of hardship due to discriminatory social, economic, and political systems. Cultural and spiritual rituals as well as performances such as rites of passage – birth, marriage, death, and so on, were used as mediums for moulding, resisting and subverting the status quo.
Rehema Chachage was born 1987 in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania and in 2009 graduated with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts in Cape Town. Chachage is a multimedia and multidisciplinary artist, she uses her own background, intimate moments and personal experiences as an African woman for inspiration. She explores the universal themes of identity, heritage and the role of women in patriarchal societies through video and installations.
Chachage has exhibited her work numerous times in Tanzania and South Africa, and also taken part in several major artistic events in Europe, South America and Asia. She was a participating artist at the Dak’art Biennale, 2012, and her works were exhibited in the 18th International Contemporary Festival Videobrasil, 2013; Bozar (Brussels), 2014; Borghese Villa (Rome), 2015 and at the Cape Town Art Fair, 2016.
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