An interdisciplinary artist, Masimba Hwati works at the intersections of sculpture, performance and sound. Known for unconventional mixed media and sound sculptures, he examines postcolonial themes by re-appropriating archives and objects and presenting them in new contexts. He collects historical, culturally imbued items ranging from cars to shoes, altering and repositioning them in a contemporary urban setting.
His work has juxtaposed dances such as The Detroit Jitt and Zimbabwe Jiti drawing parallels between social and cultural constructs. Currently undertaking a PHD exploring the places where sculpture ,sound and performance meet via sonic territorial marking, onomatopoeic and phonetic registers particularly in Shona culture. His work is often communicated by performance and recorded in film.
Masimba has recently been awarded the Manchester Museum Patrons award with his work acquired into the museum collections, and into private collections in the UK and America. He is currently under commission for 'Leeds 2023,' He has recently exhibited and devised new works for 'British Textile Biennial' 2021, 'DAAD Artists in Berlin Programme' & 'Radio Art Residency Weimar.'