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From April to June 2020 Dana Whabira is Artist in Residence at the Academy and will be affiliated with the Studio of Art and Digital Media.


Dana Whabira, Process: Circle of Uncertainty (5), 2017. Photo: Raphael Chikukwa © National Gallery of Zimbabwe


Dana Whabira is a Zimbabwean artist, architect and cultural facilitator, who lives and works in Harare. As an architect by training, she studied Art and Design at Central Saint Martins College in London (2011). Whabira has exhibited widely, she represented Zimbabwe at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and participated at the Dak’art Biennale (2018), in addition to taking up art residencies and giving talks locally and internationally.

In 2013, Whabira founded Njelele Art Station, an urban laboratory located in downtown Harare that focuses on contemporary, experimental and public art practice. Njelele is a meeting place for critical dialogue where ideas are birthed and resonate out into the city through projects that provoke discussion and engage with the general public.

Her art practive is a research-focused, context-driven experimental approach concerned with space, cartography and giving shape or form to critical understandings of how we can live together. Recent work explores novel ways of rethinking (material, transnational, physical, liminal, imaginary) borders embedded in language, identity and geography.

1 Dana Whabira, Nobody’s Thing I, 2018, installation view Tracing Obsolescence at Apexart, New York City, 2018. © apexart 

2 Dana Whabira, Circle of Uncertainty (6), 2017, installation view at the Zimbabwe Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Photo: Charles Bhebe © National Gallery of Zimbabwe