Mike Mavura is a cultural producer and curator whose work combines indigenous knowledges, social science research methods and art practices to think through civics, spaces and design. He is part of the curatorial team for artHarare 2021 (Harare, Zimbabwe) and the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 (Stellenbosch, South Africa). Other projects include curating the Collector’s Focus exhibition “Vedanā: Experiences of Tonality” at the Norval Foundation, South Africa 2019. Mike conceived and directs the Creative Exchange educational project at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography which teaches design students beyond the classroom using cities as design laboratories. The creative exchange projects have taken place in Harare, Zimbabwe (2018), Maputo, Mozambique (2019) and Durban, South Africa (2021). Mike is currently working on Pamurove Republic, a project space which seeks to activate critical dialogue between contemporary arts, ecological practices and local traditions of self-sufficiency and farming in Murewa, Zimbabwe.
Mike Mavura is a participant of the TURN2 Residencies’ programme.