Tamu Nkiwane

b. 1990, London, UK



The red book, 2022
Khadi paper, pencil, felt-tip pen
56 x 76 cm

White light, 2022
Khadi paper, pencil, felt-tip pen
56 x 76 cm

Firebeat, 2022
Khadi paper, pencil, felt-tip pen
56 x 76 cm




Summoning images into existence through pencil and felt-tip markings in a deep cosmic palette, Tamu Nkiwane’s series of three works on paper feel both visionary and prosaic. Their scratchy, linear style of articulation, both meticulous and intuitive, leaves the artist’s hand obvious, while image sources at once point to material culture and the transcendent: a flame on a stone pedestal could be a biblical omen, for instance, or it could be a reference to 1990s/2000s punk rock band The Offspring. Bridging the gap between the material world we live in, with its rich visual cultures, and the higher planes that art and music can give us access to, Nkiwane also presents audio work generated using AI algorhythms and live manipulations of radio transmissions to a spellbinding effect.

Tamu Nkiwane is a London-based artist whose work examines his surrounding environment and considers the value – as a fiscal and cultural consideration – that is accumulated and transferred within it. Working with sound, drawing, and zine-making, Nkiwane’s work investigates the topographies of London, South Africa and Zimbabwe, blending his investigations of the urban landscape and its detritus with science fiction and a sense of spiritual inquiry. Nkiwane holds an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Zabludowicz Collection, London; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo. Selected performances and group exhibitions include Exhibition: Online Screenings, San Mei Gallery; SPACE Ilford; Imagine the city, Hamburg; Noise-quest with Graham Dunning; London Short Film Festival; BBC New Creatives 2019; Artagon Site de Montmartre; Kaunas Biennale; ICA London; White Crypt Gallery, London.

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