Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art


Virginia Chihota
B. 1983
signed and dated 2014 (lower right)
drawing and screen print on paper
189 by 152.4cm., 74½ by 60in.
Executed in 2014
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Tiwani Contemporary, 2015
Acquired from the above by present owner


London, Tiwani Contemporary, Virginia Chihota: A Thorn in my Flesh (munzwa munyama yangu), 2015
London, Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, 2015


Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea II, 2015, p. 66-67              

Catalogue Note

Raising Your Own (Kurera Wako) is part of the 2014 series A Thorn in my Flesh (munzwa munyama yangu) by Zimbabwean artist Virginia Chihota.

This is a work that was inspired by the artist's personal encounters as a woman, mother, and wife. It explores the moments of beauty, horror, love and solitude she experienced while relocating to Libya in 2012. As a body of work, the series is an intimate response to the boundaries and unlimited desires of relationships.

Chihota has  been exhibited at the Lyon Biennale (2011) and the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) where she represented Zimbabwe. The artist was also the 2013 winner of the Prix Canson and her works are included with the Tate Collection. 

Modern and Contemporary African Art