Kresiah Mukwazhi: Hera Hera (hail hail) a performance lecture on sacred resistance, resilience and magic

A photo of art works in a gallery with two potted trees and a pile of rocks
Kresiah Mukwazhi, Kirawa, installation view, Secession 2023, Photo: Iris Ranzinger.
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Join us for our exhibiting artist Kresiah Mukwazhi presenting Hera Hera (hail hail), a performance lecture on sacred resistance, resilience and magic.

Mukwazhi’s work is informed by her observations of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse in her native Zimbabwe. For her first institutional solo exhibition Kirawa, Mukwazhi is producing an entirely new body of commissioned work. These new works speak to the loss of the matriarchal system in African societies, which the artist sees as a product of the Christian indoctrination of Zimbabwe that began with the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century. She describes Kirawa as ‘a place of sacred resistance, where I expose and push back against this colonisation and socio-political issues forcing women into precarious labour, aiming at reclaiming the sacred power that women are destined to have. The female body, therefore, becomes a site of resistance and a site to question power relations.’

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one and a half hour. A rest break is not included. Seating is available.

The audience will be invited to voluntarily participate for part of the performance which involves lying down.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms or is awaiting test results.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

Kresiah Mukwazhi was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1992, and lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Cologne, Germany.

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