Tanatsei Gambura

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

born in Harare, 1999

based between Harare & Edinburgh

www.tanagambura.com

hello[at]tanagambura.com

EXHIBITIONS, RESIDENCIES, & COMMISSIONS

2022

Hand Wash Only. Solo exhibition. Little Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; 

Invisible Britain – This Separated Isle. Group exhibition. ffotogallery, Cardiff, & Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow UK;

Score for Here. Contributor, sonic experience by artist Jimena Sarno (forthcoming). Clockshop LA & Los Angeles State Historic Park. Los Angeles, USA;

Letter to Mama on Arrival to America. Solo exhibition. Broad Art Center, University of California Los Angeles. Los Angeles, USA.

2021

Double Consciousness: Perspectives on Composition in Black Music and Poetry with Louise Toppin. Duke University, Durham. North Carolina, USA;

David: Pilgrimage on Paper – on colonial trade in Scotland. Delineate – co-commissioned by Many Studios, Kayus Bankole and Mother Tongue. Scotland;

Library of Africa and the African Diaspora / Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art. Writer’s residency. Accra / Tamale, Ghana;

Gestures Towards a Dream. Zine commission for Versal Journal. Amsterdam, Netherlands;

Deserving Better. Zine commission for MA Education Consultancy. London, United Kingdom.

2020

Room With a View. Group exhibition curated by Amira Gad. Google Arts and Culture. International;

Lessons in Cartography. Sonic documentary. eh.FM Community Radio. Edinburgh, United Kingdom;

Fireside Dreaming. Digital residency. Baobab Platform, University of Arizona. Arizona, USA.

Ourchives. Artistic research collective. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Obsidian Foundation Retreat Inaugural Fellow. United Kingdom; 

Writerz and Scribez poetry masterclass with Ajanae Dawkins. Griot’s Well, United Kingdom;

2017    

These Images Are Stories. Residency & group exhibition. British Council Harare and London. Harare, Zimbabwe.

2016

The 25 May Movement. Social practice activation. Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2021

Things I Have Forgotten Before. Bad Betty Press. London, United Kingdom. Print;

This Separated Isle (ed. Paul Sng). Policy Press. Bristol, United Kingdom. Print;

The Best New British And Irish Poets 2019-2021 (ed. Amira Ghanim). Eyewear Publishing. London, United Kingdom. Print;

The Black Anthology, Language (ed. Sofia Amina). ૧૦:૧૦ Press. London, United Kingdom. Print;

“Photograph of a Black Girl on a Strasse in Bonn”. Poetry London, Issue 98. London, United Kingdom. Print.

2020

We Are Not Shadows (ed. Hannah Fields). Folkways Press. Print;

Divisions: Stories of Inequality, Poverty, and Struggle. The London Reader, Spring Issue. London, United Kingdom. Print & digital.

2018

“The Formation of Self” and “When Expecting”. New Coin Poetry, June Issue (ed. Dashen Naicker). Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA). Grahamstown, South Africa. Print;

Africanization and Americanization Anthology Volume One (ed. Tendai Rinos Mwanaka). Mwanaka Media and Publishing. Zimbabwe. Print;

“Subjects as Critical as Breathing”. Flowers (ed. Genna Gardini). Prufrock Magazine, Issue 14. Cape Town, South Africa. Print.  

“Mhandara” and “We Are Africans”. BUWA! Journal. Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). Johannesburg, South Africa. Print. 

2016

“Woman”. POVO Afrika Issue 8. Johannesburg, South Africa. Print & digital.

2015

Fresh Ink (ed. Joseph Mahiya). Harare, Zimbabwe. Print. 

 

CURATORIAL WORK & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2021

Africa in Motion Film Festival (Scotland, UK), Programme Producer;

Movements, Monuments, and Change. British Film Institute Film Feels program, Aya Films and Curate It VOD (Scotland, UK), Guest Curator;

Woman with a Movie Camera. Edinburgh International Film Festival weekender (Edinburgh, UK), Programmer;

Dreaming While Black. Femspectives Glasgow Feminist Film Festival (Scotland, UK), Guest Curator;

Making Space Festival. Scottish Youth Theatre (Scotland, UK), Producer.

2020 

Take One Action Film Festival (Scotland, UK), Programmer;

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society (Edinburgh, UK), Programmer;

2019

Time Travel. Fruitmarket Gallery (Scotland, UK), Producer;

2018

First Fridays. National Gallery of Zimbabwe & Enthuse Afrika (Harare, Zimbabwe), Producer.

 

READINGS & PERFORMANCES

2022

Hyde Park Book Club, Bad Betty Press book tour. Leeds, UK (forthcoming).

2021 

Poetry Time at Goethe Abansuro, reading with Ama Asentawa Diaka and Henneh Kyereh Kwaku, Writers Project of Ghana. Accra, Ghana;

African Feminisms in Women Narratives. Bosch Alumni Network conversation with Jennifer Makumbi. Virtual;

Zimbabwean Writers in Conversation with Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Tariro Ndoro, Batsirai Chigama, and Samantha Vezhure. Virtual;

Say OWT, Bad Betty Press book tour at Fulford Arms. York, UK;

Poets for the Planet. Gloucester Poetry Festival. Virtual;

Revel. The Wee Red Bar at Edinburgh College of Art, livestream;

Feature poet, Boomerang Club poetry open mic. Virtual.

2020

1020 Radio, broadcast. Bristol, UK;

Mojxmma QTIPOC party launch event. Edinburgh, UK;

2019

Potential Party hosted by Novia Scotia The Truth, Stereo Cafe. Glasgow, UK;

Re-Up album launch for Nova Scotia The Truth, Blue Arrow Jazz Cafe. Glasgow, UK;

Sculpture Party at Edinburgh College of Art. Edinburgh, UK.

2017

Poetry and Chill. First Fridays at National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe;

SOUND Series at ISU Collections, performance with The Movement. Harare, Zimbabwe; 

The Playlist. August edition, hosted by Black Pearl at Tamasha Dining and Lounge Bar. Harare, Zimbabwe.

2016

Women of Page Poetry. Pamberi Trust & National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe;

TiriAfrika. concert at Arrupe College hosted by Young People for Others. Harare, Zimbabwe;

On the Question of Who I Am. GBI Business Hub poetry evening. Harare, Zimbabwe;

DSTV Multichoice Africa Day Celebrations. Harare, Zimbabwe;

Magitare Live. Acoustic Nights at Harare City Library. Harare, Zimbabwe;

Soul Avenue. ZiFM Stereo, performance with Soul In Tune. Harare, Zimbabwe; 

Breakfast Club. Star FM, performance with Soul In Tune. Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

GRANTS, HONOURS, & AWARDS

2022

Scottish Contemporary Art Network Spark Seed Award;

Art Council Endowment Fund Grant, University of California Los Angeles;

UK Government Turing Scheme, Travel Abroad Grant.

2021

Wordview Selection (juried by Imtiaz Dharker), Poetry Archive;

Poetry Book Society Autumn Pamphlet Choice;

The Edinburgh Award;

We Are Here Scotland Creator’s Fund;

Alpine Fellowship Prize, longlist;

Yuan Changying Gender Observation Prize at the University of Edinburgh;

Baobab Platform, Speak Your Mind Contest Winner.

2020

Versal Journal, Inaugural Amsterdam Open Book Prize, runner up;

Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize, longlist;

Edinburgh University Women’s Liberation Campaign 20 Influential Women Exhibition;

Rare Rising Stars top 10 Black Students in UK;

Red Line Arts Awards, honourable mention.

2019

The Diana Award;

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship awardee;

African Leadership Academy, Spirit of Africa Graduation Award.

 

WORKSHOPS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS 

2022

A Presence in History. Fruitmarket Gallery and Wikimedia UK. Edinburgh, UK.

2021

African Contemporary Art: in Conversation with Prince Gyasi and OLYM Collection. Remote;

This Separated Isle: State of the Union. Conversation with Paul Sng & ​​Kit de Waal at Edinburgh International Book Festival. Edinburgh, UK;

This Separated Isle: Portrait of an Invisible Britain. Conversation with Paul Sng, Alicia Bruce, & Khadea Kuchenmeister at Lighthouse Bookshop. Edinburgh, UK; 

Remembering Maud Sulter. Rhubaba Gallery and Studios. Edinburgh, UK; 

Voices in the Plural. Bilingual poetry workshop at Take One Action Film Festival. Edinburgh, UK;

What is Afrofuturism? Glasgow Film Theatre panel. Glasgow, UK.

Enti Talk. University of Notre Dame (guest speaker), Virtual.

2020 

Rituals in Crisis Time. A Place for Us: Self-Care for Womxn & Non-Binary Folks of Colour, Scarborough Mutual Aid. Virtual;

Anti-Black Racism. Conversation with Dr. George Dei (University of Toronto). Virtual; 

Is Pan-Afrikanism Elitist? Conversation with Isusu Ffena. Virtual; 

Being Young, Creative and Black In Scotland. Africa in Motion Film Festival. Virtual;

BBC Radio Scotland interview, Take One Action Film Festival. Edinburgh, UK;

African filmmaking: in conversation with Tapiwa Gambura. Film Hub Scotland. Virtual;

Black Spatial Imaginaries. Glasgow Short Film Festival, Virtual;

Travellers: in Conversation with Helon Habila. University of Edinburgh Africa Week. Virtual;

Writing as Resistance Masterclass. Bhala Writers. Virtual;

A Bridge Between Starshine and Clay: poetry for empowerment. Take One Action Film Festival. Virtual;

Decolonising Arts Education and Curation. Take One Action Film Festival. Virtual.

2019 

Keynote address: The Human Condition. World Leading Schools Association (WLSA). Prague, Czech Republic;

Leading with Emotional Intelligence. South African Ideas Festival. Johannesburg, South Africa;

Breaking Artistic Boundaries. African Leadership Academy Symposium, panel with photographer Neo Baepi and writer Wanjiru Koinange. Johannesburg, South Africa.

2018 

Gender in a Changing Context: in conversation with Danai Gurira. United Nations Women Panel. Johannesburg, South Africa;

Keynote address: Existing and Resisting. WLSA Conference. Jeju, South Korea;

The Art of Storytelling. Anzisha Prize Gala. Johannesburg, South Africa;

Opening plenary: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. African Leadership Academy Decennial Celebration. Johannesburg, South Africa; 

Rape Culture in Popular Music. African Leadership Academy. Johannesburg, South Africa; 

 

COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY WORK

2021 – present: Associate Member, Black Curator’s Collective;

2021 – 2022: Culture & Identity Committee Facilitator, Pan African Youth Conference;

2020 – present: Board Member, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company;

2020 – 2021: Advisory Board, Edinburgh International Film Festival;

2020 – present: Project Coordinator, UncoverED;

2019 – present: Regional Strategic Advisor, Global Fund for Women;

2018 – present: Board Member, ROOTS Africa.

2016 – 2017: Projects Coordinator, Harare City Junior Council.

 

PRESS, MEDIA & REVIEWS

2022

Issue 9, Power. Review by Tim Kiely. Fly on the Wall Press, Winter Edition;

“Cause of Death: Poem of the Week”. Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.

2021

“Soprano Louise Toppin and Colleagues Premiere Collaborative Art Song Project at Duke”. Cultural Voice of North Carolina (CVNC);

“We miss you every day: Poetry pamphlets and the Michael Marks Award in 2021”, André Naffis-Sahely. Times Literary Supplement;

“Books of the Year 2021”. Poetry School;

“6 inspiring Zimbabwean poets you need to meet”. The Poetry of Iz Mazano;

Special mention, Resident Advisor’s Critics Round Table.

2020

Cultivating an Afro-Centric, Decolonized Creative Community in Africa. S1 E10, The Leader’s Podcast;

Courage and the Power of the Present. Sunday Rituals with Tomiwa Folorunso;

“100 Letter Project”. Shasha Network.

2019

“Addressing the Past with Tanatsei Gambura”. Minoricity;

Anti Mass and Black History Month. FreshAir Radio. 

2018

“Tanatsei Gambura’s Story”. Rings Media,

“SADC 100 Young Leaders”. The Young Independent.

2017

“Harare meets London – 20 young women share their stories in images & poetic lines”. Bulawayo 24.

2016

“Meet the Gambura Sisters”. Purple Lipstick.

2015

“Zimbabwe’s 15 Teenagers Who Will Shape The Nation”. Kalabash Media.

 

EDUCATION

University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

BA (Honours) in Intermedia Art

2023

 

University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, United States of America)

Department of Art, new genres & photography

Non-degree exchange program

2022

 

African Leadership Academy (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Diploma in African Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, & Entrepreneurial Leadership

2019