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Lot 17
Kazvare Knox
(Zimbabwean, born 1986)
Someone's Been Stealing Our Things
17 – 25 November 2022, 17:00 GMT
London, New Bond Street

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Kazvare Knox (Zimbabwean, born 1986)

Someone's Been Stealing Our Things
fibreglass, acrylic paint and varnish
140 cm (diam), base: 28 x 137 x 137 cm

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My work is critical of the imperial gaze, because I have understood that the positioning of whiteness is neither central nor neutral. Courage, boldness, playfulness and joy are the essential elements in my art. Moreover, bright colours and humour are the disarming weapons through which my messages are carried. My goal is to create work that gives ample space for Black people to feel seen and understood. My globe explores what it means to subvert the imperial gaze and remove Europe as the centre of one's frame of reference. The work also alludes to the fairytale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and the reality of plunder and stolen legacies on the African continent.

Kazvare's passion for creative illustrating stems from being able to express her ideas in a way that doesn't require words. "I absolutely love words and think they are so powerful, but what I love about illustration is that often, it is a tool that helps me to express an idea that I'd probably need hundreds more words to articulate in the same way", she explains. "Sometimes the messages behind my work are actually quite heavy, so using illustration and imagery brings a little bit of levity."

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