Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born interdisciplinary artist and educator. Mutiti holds a diploma in multimedia art from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in graphic design. Recently, she has been a resident artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Recess, and the Centre for Book Arts, both in New York City.
In 2015, Mutiti was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in its inaugural year. Mutiti has participated in several group shows including "Salon Style" at the Studio Museum, a special screening for "Dreamlands" at the Whitney Museum, "Talking Pictures" at the Metropolitan Museum, and "THREE: On Visibility and Camouflage" at We Buy Gold. Mutiti produces project-based works, founding Black Chalk and Co with Tinashe Mushakavanhu, a collective of writers, artists, curators, and educators that initiate research-based projects that result in publications, archival projects, and events. As a collaborative team, Black Chalk and Co completed a residency at Keleketla Library in Johannesburg. Mutiti is currently Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Reading Zimbabwe was initiated to try and locate Zimbabwe in the global discourse, as well as interrogate the making and unmaking of African nation states through philosophy and ideas. The project was born out of a curiosity for a deeper understanding of the nature and extent of knowledge production, dissemination, and use around the subject of Zimbabwe: the place and the people.
Reading Zimbabwe is a product of Black Chalk and Co, a creative agency founded by visual artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti and writer Tinashe Mushakavanhu. The work is collaborative, bringing together writers, artists, designers, academics, and technologists with a mutual interest in publishing, archiving, mapping, and curating conversations and exhibitions, and facilitating teaching residencies. What animates all these activities is the effort to engender a new culture and new forms of publishing and creative production.