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Zimbabwe Cultural Centre in Detroit (ZCCD) mission is to educate, archive, and promote the arts and culture of Zimbabwe. Our goal is to encourage strong ties between culture producers and residents in both Zimbabwe and abroad acting as catalysts for critical artistic production as well as cultural exchange between diverse communities.

COMRADES / Masimba Hwati 

ZCCD Research Fellow 2015 / ZCCD Board of Directors 2017-2019

Masimba Hwati finding Zimbabe at a local grocery store in the vicinity to Detroit.

Masimba Hwati works across sculpture, video, performance and sound.He is currently a PhD in Art practice, candidate at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Wien. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and  He is a Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture alumn class of 2019. He studied and taught sculpture at Harare Polytechnic Art school. Collections Include University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), Iziko, South African National Gallery. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Scott White Contemporary, San Diego, George R. Nnamdi Collection, Detroit Michigan. National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Gervanne & Matthias Leridon Collection, Paris. In 2015 he showed at the Zimbabwean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 56th edition. He is an honorary research  fellow  at Rhodes University  Fine Arts Department in Grahamstown, SA, and a Zimbabwe Cultural Centre Detroit Research Fellow 2015. Solo and group shows include Belgium. Zimbabwe, South Africa, Germany, United States, France, and Canada.

  ZCCD Reserach Fellow 2015

having just exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy, Masimba Hwati came to Detroit for a six weeks research fully sponsored fellowship that was fundraised by the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit through a Knight Foundation, Creative Many, and Penny Stamp Lecture Series through the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the spirit of community connectivity, Masimba lived and worked at Popps Packing, a artist run residency on the border of Detroit and Hamtramck. 

During the six weeks, he was introduced to Detroit’s artist community and cultural spaces. His work at the time was being exhibted at N’Namdi Cultural Center For Contemporary Art curated by ZCCD Director, chido Johnson, titled Simbi Dze Basa which featured four contemporary Zimbabwean artists.