Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design


Tinashe Mushakavanhu, PhD.

Beautiful Words are Subversive

“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

gallery space with decorative shelves with books, images of text, rose patterned wallpaper with t-shirt hanging in front with words voice, voice, voice
Photo credit: Steven Casanova

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.

Pages from newspaper pinned to wall
Photo credit: Steven Casanova

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean born interdisciplinary artist and Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at VCUarts.

Tinashe Mushakavanhu, PhD is a writer and scholar from Zimbabwe invested in how the poetics of anarchy inform creative writing, digital media and African literature.

Black Chalk & Co is a boutique creative agency founded in 2015 engendering new forms of publishing and creative production.