Rehema Chachage was born in Dar es Salaam and is a visual artist working in performance, photography, video, sound and installations. She has a BA Fine Art from University of Cape Town (2009); and MA Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London (2018).
Her studio practice is concerned with the processes of retelling and preserving what feminist scholars and activists have coined as (her)stories; using life histories of women and circumstances shaping their trajectories.
It draws from (and is informed by) the rich oral storytelling traditions of Tanzania and the power that this practice has had in establishing and maintaining a collective narrative on a diverse historical phenomenon. The oral storytelling traditions are mostly preserved by women and handed down across generations through stories, lullabies, performances, songs and dance some of which form part of the gradually diminishing rites of passage.
Chachage has been part of the following exhibitions: Converge at the RAW Spot Gallery during the Grahamstown Arts Festival (Grahamstown: 2018);Â Be Kind, Please RewindÂ atÂ Gallery MOMO (Cape Town: 2017);Â THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES: On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies in SpaceÂ -Â A Collaboration of SAVVY Contemporary with FFT DÃ¼sseldorf (DÃ¼sseldorf:2017);Â Africana Womanism atÂ Videozoom (Florence and Rome: 2017);Â African SpiritualityÂ at Calabar Gallery (New York: 2017);Â In the blink of an eyeÂ at Arthub Asia (Shanghai:2016);Â East Africa FocusÂ at FNB Joburg Artfair (Johannesburg: 2016);Â When things fall apart: Critical voices on the radarsÂ at Trapholt Museum (Kolding: 2016);Â Kabbo ka muwala/The girl’s basket’, migration exhibition (Harare, Zimbabwe, Kampala, Uganda, Bremen & Germany: 2016);Â Consuming us,Â a special project curated for the Cape Town Artfair (Cape Town: 2016); amongst others. ChachageÂ was part of theÂ Dak’Art African Contemporary Art BiennaleÂ (Dakar: 2018) andÂ Biennale de Casablanca (Casablanca: 2016).
Rehema Chachage’s works titled,Â Kwa Baba rithi undugu I and II (2010) are part of the screen takeover intervention for the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition, The Main Complaint (2018 – 2019).