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Tamary Kudita : “An African Elegance”

Tamary Kudita, a multi-award-winning fine art photographer, scholar, and visual artist, has dedicated her career to exploring the complexities of cultural duality, African identity, and trans-generational memory. She was among the African artists showcasing their work at XPosure 2024 as part of the "Bamako Dream" exhibition.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tamary’s artistic journey began to flourish after she graduated from the esteemed Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Inspired by her experiences and the rich tapestry of African heritage, Tamary embarked on a path of artistic expression centered around fine art photography. She quickly established herself as a force in the art world, utilizing her unique perspective to shed light on the nuanced narratives often overshadowed by dominant cultural discourses.

First African artist to receive the highly coveted title of Open Photographer of The Year at the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Tamary’s exceptional talent and unique artistic perspective have earned her prestigious accolades and recognition within the art community. In a groundbreaking achievement, she became the first African artist to receive the highly coveted title of Open Photographer of The Year at the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards for her remarkable series « African Victorian, » which captivated audiences worldwide. Tamary’s contributions to the art world have also been acknowledged through the Runner-Up Prize for The See Me; Art Takes 2021 and the Most Inspiring Art Piece Award from The Voices of African Women Journal in 2020. She was also shortlisted for The International Contemporary African Photography Prize in 2021.

Tamary’s artistry has found a permanent home in The Fitchburg Art Museum’s prestigious photography collection. As a testament to her remarkable talent, the museum plans to stage a major exhibition in the fall of 2024 featuring the works of 21st-century African photographers, with Tamary’s art taking center stage. Furthermore, her exceptional contributions to African and African American research led to her being awarded the 2023 J.M.D Manyika Fellowship at Harvard University’s Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research.

Tamary Kudita continues to push boundaries, challenge preconceived notions, and illuminate African identity through her thought-provoking and visually stunning artwork. With each piece, she invites viewers to contemplate the intricate nuances of cultural heritage and the rich tapestry of human experiences.

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