Pleased to meet you #13, 2021
Texts by Ignatius T. Mabasa and Holly Jerger, conversation between Morad Montazami and Moffat Takadiwa
The thirteenth issue of the Pleased To Meet You collection features the Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa (b.1983), who has earned widespread recognition on the international contemporary art scene with his large format sculptures, created from materials found on garbage dumps, notably computer parts, plastic bottle-caps, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. After gathering huge quantities of these small objects and sorting them by color and shape, the artist weaves these discarded scraps into rich wall hangings. Once suspended, these post-industrial fabrics, through their intricate beauty, acquire an aura of ritual or totemic artifacts. Belonging to the post-independence generation, his work reflects his preoccupation with issues such as consumerism, inequality, post-colonialism and the environment. Since the earliest days of his artistic career, he has used his practice as a platform for the rehabilitation of his community, working with young local artists and designers, with a view to founding the world’s first artistic center based on the use of reclaimed materials.
Pleased To Meet You Moffat Takadiwa is the very first publication devoted to the artist and provides a first-hand account of his working process through views of his studio and the activities of his assistants, details of his sculptures and photos of his exhibitions, with the vibrant Zimbabwean art scene as a background.
This trilingual publication in Shona, English and French brings together a variety of texts exploring the different facets of his work, including a wide-ranging interview with the critic and curator Morad Montazami, an essay by Holly Jerger, the curator of Craft Contemporary (Los Angeles) as well as a short story by the Zimbabwean writer Ignatius Mabasa.