This exhibition includes all the Harvest installations by Michele Mathison created for the Dudziro exhibition at the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). These installations were acquired the same year to keep them intact and preserve them for the people of Africa.
Mathison’s work interrogates humanity’s dependence on land and traditions of crop cultivation; the value of labour; how symbols of labour become political tools; and the ways in which we embed spiritual significance in nature.
Why does Mathison echo the intense physical labour required by land cultivation through the process of making sculpture? Why would an artist recreate trees out of the burnt remnants of other trees? What purpose do 1,200 ceramic mielies serve if unable to provide actual nourishment? Why do we violate the very thing we depend on for our survival?
Events28 November 2020 - 10 December 2020
Film23 January 2019 - 23 January 2019
Exhibitions14 November 2018 - 16 January 2019
Book Launch14 November 2018 - 14 November 2018
Lectures and Forums30 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
Tours20 June 2018 - 20 June 2018