Zimbabwean artist Gerald Machona will explore stories of mobility in the pursuit of a better life in his second solo exhibition, Greener Pastures, at Goodman Gallery. Using an intersectional approach, Machona explores how interlocking systems of power ameliorate or hinder an individual’s hope and aspirations to reach greener pastures. Machona believes that identities are in constant flux and people cannot be confined by familial, gendered, national, or ethnic boundaries.
Drawing on his own experiences as someone of Shona heritage marrying into a Zulu family, Machona navigates the patriarchal practices of marriage through his photographic works. He also engages with topics of migration, social interaction, and xenophobic rampant in his South Africa, where he currently studies. His art employs motifs of floral arrangements and decommissioned currencies to depict the process of negotiating traditions, including marriage, across borders.
Gerald Machona: Greener Pastures
October 4 – November 3, 2018
3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa