Artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami has collaborated with poet Belinda Zhawi to create an installation consisting of sound, paintings and film. It is centred around 'Zwarte Anna' (Black Anna), a black enslaved woman from Suriname, who arrived in Arnhem in 1727, accompanying the family she worked for.
The work imagines narratives around Black Anna beyond the servant, departing from the private world(s) she might have created for herself, her person, but also depicting her in moments of rest, reflection and aloneness (not loneliness).
Buktu, Anna, Nehanda was commissioned for the exhibition sonsbeek20->24 force times distance
Image: Kudzanai-Violet Hwami in collaboration with Belina Zhawi, Baktu, Anna, Nehanda, 2021
Mixed media, sound system, silkscreen, oil, acrylic on canvas, painting dimensions: 178 x 149 cm, installation dimensions variable
Commissioned for sonsbeek20→24
Courtesy the artists and Victoria Miro
Photo: installation view © Victor-Wennekes