Wallen Mapondera: Samusha weiri Dongo
From January 20 to February 24, 2018, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg will present Samusha weiri Dongo, an exhibition of recent work by Zimbabwean artist Wallen Mapondera.
Wallen Mapondera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He received formal art training from the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design from 2005 to June 2007 and was selected that same year for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Artist-in-Residence Programme, hosted at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design Studios in Mbare, Harare. The residency culminated in his first solo exhibition, titled MAZUVA OZE (Everyday), held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare in 2008. Mapondera has since held multiple solo shows and participated in various local and international art fairs and group exhibitions. In 2015, he was the recipient of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Award – in the Visual Arts two-dimensional work category – given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in recognition of outstanding achievement in arts and culture.
In 2016, Mapondera was a winner of the AIR (Artist-in-Residency) Award Laureate, awarded by the African Centre, and subsequently took up residency at the Kuona Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. The residency was concluded with his solo presentation, titled Paint My Tea Pot, at the Tafaria Castle in Kenya. Earlier solo exhibitions include: Social Zoometry at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe (2014); Ani-Man (a human in an animal) at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery (AVA) in Cape Town, South Africa (2013); and Turning Tables at the Red Mill Gallery in Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA (2012).
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