Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Tinashe Mushakavanhu, PhD.
“Beautiful Words are Subversive” is an exhibition curated by Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Tinashe Mushakavanhu, co-founders of Black Chalk & Co. and is on view at the Arts Research Institute through August 2, 2019
This exhibition by Black Chalk & Co. (co-founders Mutiti and Mushakavanhu) combines print, text, audio-visual and objects to demonstrate the necessity of literature and the malevolence of authoritarian restrictions in Zimbabwe on artistic freedom. The works presented are informed by a preoccupation with archives, map making and graphic design. Through spacializing printed works by Zimbabwean writers, the exhibition raises fundamental questions regarding the connection between materiality and literary consciousness.