Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa


Velvet Batting and Canvas, 2020


120cm x 50cm


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 Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa was born on the 13th August 1991, in a small asbestos mining town near Masvingo called Zvishavane formally known as Shabane, in Zimbabwe. Chiwa is a visual artist and Michaelis School of Fine Art Graduate. Chiwas work, experiments with the notions of Identity, Femininity, Migratory Practises as well as mysticism and storytelling within the Shona culture. Her method explores generational and embodied knowledges by way of an intuitive art-making process. This process allows her to utilize both conscious and sub-conscious capacities, to build an evocative sculptural practice which to aims re-build by re-imagining forgotten and erased histories of her past and culture. Among her accolades which include the Simon Gerson Award, the Cecil Skotnes Scholarship, and the McIver Award, she became the first woman of colour to receive the Michaelis Prize, awarded for her 2018 graduate body of work ‘Continuum’. 

 Solo Exhibitions

2020 ‘Nocturnes’ curated by Heinrich Groenewald, SMAC Artist Rooms, Cape Town, South Africa

2018 ‘Continuum’,Graduate show at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 ‘FEMINIST UTOPIA’ curated by Anelisa Mangcu, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa 

2020 ‘We’ve Come To Take You Home’ curated by Amogelang Maledu, UCT collection, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

2020 ‘Materiality’ curated by Andrea Lewis for Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 

2019 Turbine Art Fair, Graduate Show Case curated by Kefiloe Siwisa, Johannesburg, South Africa 

2019 ‘Formally Known As’, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa 

2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa 

2019 ‘What It Is’ curated by Lemeeze Davids, Absolut Gallery (Dyman Gallery), Stellenbosch, Western Cape 

2018 MichaelisGraduatedShowcuratedbyNkuleMabaso,MichaelisSchoolofFineArt,UniversityofCapeTown,CapeTown,SouthAfrica

2018 ‘Spectrum of Life’ (in collaboration with Elsa Duault) curated by Candice Berman, Berman Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa 

2017 Mothers, Money, Manuscripts and Minutes, a performance evening curated by a Thuli Gumedze, SMAC Gallery 

Grants & Awards

2019 Creative Knowledge Resources 2019/20 fellow.

2019 Mc lver Award

2018 Simon Gerson Award

2018 Cecil Skotnes Scholarship


2020 Candidate for Masters in Fine Art, specializing in Sculpture: Mambokadzi

2020 Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2018 BA in Fine Art specializing/majoring in Sculpture, Michaelis School of FineArt, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Public Collections 

The University of Cape Town Works of Art Collection 


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