Biography

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work encompasses fine art, design, and social practice. Born in Zimbabwe, Mutiti holds a diploma in multimedia art  from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in graphic design. Recently, she was a resident  artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, as well as Recess and the Centre for Book Arts, both in New York City. In 2015, Mutiti was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in its inaugural year. Mutiti  continues to develop her work around African hair braiding and themes related  to African immigration. She is currently Assistant Professor in the New Media Department at State University of New York, Purchase College. She lives and works between New York City and Harare.

 

Artist statement

My practice traverses the boundaries of fine art, design and public engagement. Works on paper and those rendered as time based audiovisual explorations incorporate the digital through hand rendered techniques, as well as computer aided and photographic processes. I am also interested in the form of the book as a time based medium that implies sequence and engages the viewer on a physical level. Much of my printed work exists in multiples. Booklets, print runs of posters, zines, pin-back buttons and booklets make it possible to distribute images and texts to a targeted audience. I am committed to public engagement and work to create situations for the exchange of experiences and skills both in the research and gathering phase of my work as well as at the end through workshops and public conversations.