Mashavi No. 4

© the artist. Image credit: Sekai Machache / Bryndis Blackadder. Courtesy of University of Dundee

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Machache describes her work as 'a deep interrogation of the notion of self.' She has a particular interest in WEB Du Bois’ notion of Double Consciousness, which expresses the psychological challenge of having African heritage whilst living in the West. This is most apparent in her series Mashavi. Machache belongs to the largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe, Shona. In Shona culture, ideas of consciousness are underpinned by the concept of spirit, and the wandering spirits of people who died far from home are called ‘shavi’. These spirits are neither good nor bad but are able to possess the living and can influence their lives in a positive or negative way. The word ‘Mashavi’ is the plural of shavi, pointing to a duality within the individual psyche.

University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design


Mashavi No. 4




digital lambda print on vinyl


H 104 x W 139 cm

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purchased from the artist with the assistance of the National Fund for acquisitions, 2021

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