November – January — Visual Arts
Born in 1985, Wallen Mapondera received a diploma in art training at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Arts Studios. He was first introduced to painting and drawing at Art school and uses these media to explore local and global issues around state power, corruption, authority, policing and protest.
His work engages with the deadening weight of colonial baggage and structures that shape cultures today and how they evolve to allow new forms of colonial experiences through rampant economic and cultural consumerism. He is currently at Rhodes University studying towards a Masters in Fine Art.
Hi solo shows include Emergency Exit, Tyburn Galery London (2018), Samusha WeIri Dongo and Tsanangudzo (Clarifications) SMAC Gallery 2018 and 2017 respectively, Social Zoometry, Gallery Delta, Harare 2014. He won the prestigious National Arts Merit Award in Harare 2015 among other awards.
For his residency, Mapondera plans to explore the presence of African food culture in Switzerland.