Moyo, 2013

Miami Beach 2016
Goodman Gallery
In Moyo, Kudzanai Chiurai asks us to consider the notion of subjective mourning for public acts of violence, informed in part by the 2012 massacre at the Marikana mine in South Africa. Moyo is the third in a series of films, preceded by Iyeza and Creation. Moyo – meaning “air” – tenderly articulates the moment in death when the air or spirit leaves the body. The woman in the film witnesses this moment and cries, “Warazulwa ngenxa yami” (“You were ripped and torn for my sake”) as she wipes the wounds of a lifeless figure.