Lizette Chirrime | Mozambique

Born in Angoche (Nampula - Mozambique) in 1973, now lives and works in Cape Town.

Creating artworks using paint and sewing has always been an important pastime for her and she never received a formal arts education. In 2004 she was invited to participate in her first solo exhibition in Mozambique and in 2005 she accepted a three-month residency at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa.

She creates large-scale textile-driven works on canvas. It consists of abstract forms rendered in a collage of printed fabrics from Tshwe-tshwe to other so-called African prints associated with dress on the continent. Her work is guided and influenced by water, the female and a combination of happiness and sadness. The interplay between textiles, abstraction and art as a therapeutic and spiritual tool all make Chirrime’s art unique and distinctively African.

“These abstract forms evoke the human body and my identity-responsive practice where I refashion myself-image and transcend a painful upbringing that left me shattered and broken. I literally ‘re-stitched’ myself together. These liberated ‘souls’ are depicted ‘dancing’ on the canvas, bringing to mind, well-dressed African women celebrating” says Chirrime.

Solo exhibitions
2018 - The Forms of Invisible Dimands at WORLDART gallery, Cape Town.
2016 - A Sinfonia da Alma Liberta II (Sounds of a Free Soul) at the WORLDART gallery, Cape Town.
2012 - A Sinfonia da Alma Liberta at the Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano (CCFM), Maputo.
2004 - Metamorfosa de saco at the Associação Moçambicano de Fotografie (MMF), Maputo.

Selected group exhibitions
2018 - Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. German, Berlin
2018 - Gallery is art, Franschhoek.
2018 - Images of Displacement, District six Homecoming Centre Gallery, Cptw
2017 - Emotes Incorporadas Perve gallery, Portugal Alfama.
2017 - Just Lx the Carris Museum Portugal,Lisbon
2017 – 35, Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg
2017 – City lights...and shadows, Stephen Welz, Johannesburg
2013 – Roots at Instituto Camŏes, Maputo.
2012 – Sombres Movimentos e Senhos at Centro Cultural Americano, Maputo.
2007 – Africa South at the Association of Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
2006 – Face(in) at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2005 – Colour me at Greatmore studios, Cape Town.
2004 – Women who make art at the Museu Nacional de Arte (MUSART), Maputo.

2017 - African Leadership conference, Cape Town2017 – South-South, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
2017 – (Don’t) look back, Gallery MoMo, Cape Town2017 – Wattle Daub, Gallery MoMo, Cape Town

Art Fairs
2018 - AKAA art Fair, Paris
2018 - Istanbul Art Fai, Switzerland
2017 – Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town2017 – Art Africa Fair, Cape Town
2016 – 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London

Featured publications
December 2018, Art Africa
November 2018, Home MagazineNovember House and Lesure 2018
November 1- 2018 Cape Argus Newspaper
April 2017 – Habit Magazine
September 2017 – The Cape Times
September 2016 – Art Africa Magazine
July 2013 - Lua Magazine in Mozambique (Cover)
December 2008, Unplugged Magazine Cape town
2007- Africa Roots, arts music & culture Magazine

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