Rushemeza, Duhirwe b.1977 / Untitled (Imigongo V - White and Brown)
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Rushemeza's work brings to mind the deteriorating colonial buildings she witnessed in her youth on the shores of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The building suggests polarising histories imprinted in the different layers of her “sculptural paintings.” The metal detritus along with the loose handling of the many layers of paint, revealed through a process of sanding and carving, contrast greatly with the rigid patterns inspired by Imigongo paintings — an art form that emerged at end of the 18th century in the Kibungo province (South-East Rwanda) and consist of traditional geometric designs created using calf dung. All of the components in the resulting terrain of Rushemeza’s work create objects that suggest the works have been excavated from an old colonial structure and represent a small part or puzzle piece of a larger mass.

Duhirwe Rushemeza (b.1977, Rwanda)

Untitled (Imigongo V - White and Brown), 2013

Thin-set mortar concrete, wood, acrylic, metal detritus
53.34 x 53.34 x 12.7 cm
21 x 21 x 5 in.
Nomad Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Current Location:
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Nomad Gallery Booth
March 2014 - March 2014

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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY, USA
July 2013 - October 2013

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