March is a journal of art & strategy.

Masimba Hwati

Masimba Hwati works across sculpture, sound, performance, video and text. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is a PhD in Art Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Art Vienna. He attended Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture in 2019. He studied and taught sculpture at Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe. Collections include: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), Iziko South African National Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Scott White Contemporary (San Diego, CA), Jorge M. Perez Collection (Miami, FL), George R. Nnamdi Collection (Detroit, MI), National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and the Gervanne & Matthias Leridon Collection. In 2015, he exhibited at the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. He is an honorary research fellow at Rhodes University, Fine Arts Department in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has had solo and group shows in Belgium, Zimbabwe, South Africa, United States, France, Canada, and in Berlin and Weimar, Germany.

The Black Market Sound: Sampling a Micropolitical Terrain of Listening, Resistance and Refusal

If there is an oxymoron, a vulgar beast hidden in plain sight in postcolonial Zimbabwe, it is the black market, an ever-shifting diabolic Wall Street located on the streets. What do we hear when we slow down and listen to the culture in these spaces where the nation’s wealth is captured and eaten by a select few?