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A day after he arrived in SA from Zimbabwe, Moffat Takadiwa went to knock on the door of the courier company that had brought his cargo to Grahamstown. The boxes were loaded with the plastic keys of discarded computer keyboards.
He heaped them on the floor of the RAW Spot Gallery which was to be his studio for two months. The computer keys, gathered from dump sites in Johannesburg, were the raw materials for his project during his residency. He uses these and other remnants of consumables such as perfume containers and bottle tops for his trademark sculptural artworks.
Takadiwa paid much attention to the #RhodesMustFall movement which started at the University of Cape Town in 2015 and spread through SA and to Oxford University in the UK. He was fascinated by the students’ call for the transformation of curricula as they criticised the focus on foreign higher learning institutions while indigenous knowledge systems are disregarded.
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