Sekai Machache (b.1989 in Harare, Zimbabwe) lives and works in Dundee, Scotland. Her work is based on a deep interrogation of the notion of self. Having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in Scotland, she has a particular interest in W.E.B Dubois’ notion of Double Consciousness which expresses the psychological challenge of having African heritage whilst living in the West.
Machache has developed a multi-disciplinary practice utilising a wide range of media including photography. Her photographic practice is mostly formulated through digital studio based compositions using body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness.
Solo shows include a solo feature in Ethics and Aesthetics; Living in a Material World, St. Andrews Museum (2017).
Group exhibitions include: Focas Document Shortlist, Ann Lantair, Stornoway, Scotland (2017); Jill Todd Award, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); AnyAndOrCollective Group Exhibition, Coburg House, Edinburgh, Scotland, (2013).
Yon Afro Collective: Najma Abukar, Layla-Roxanne Hill, Sekai Machache, and Adebusola Debora Ramsay
(Re)imagining Self and raising consciousness of existence through alternative space and (re)imagined place
Featuring Najma Abukar, Layla-Roxanne Hill, Sekai Machache, and Adebusola Debora Ramsay, Yon Afro Collective (YAC) seeks to amplify the lives of women of colour in Scotland and tell stories which are often ignored.
Its latest project will consider how the Black Other is viewed. The installation will challenge the concept of positive initiatives, the performance of being ourselves, and align women of colour, Scottish and artist identities.
By presenting this alongside sculptural and other visual material, YAC examines our existence as resistance within social, political and geographical environments.
This exhibition has been self-funded by Yon Afro Collective members, with support in kind from Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Transmission.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri, 1.30pm-6pm