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About Lizette Chirrime

Lizette Chirrime (b. 1973) was born in Maputo, Mozambique and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.


She creates large-scale textile-driven works that consist of abstract forms rendered in a collage of printed fabrics, from Tshwe-tshwe to other so-called African prints associated with dress on the continent.


“These abstract forms evoke the human body and my identity-responsive practice where I refashion my self-image after a harsh upbringing. I literally ‘re-stitched’ myself together. These liberated ‘souls’ are depicted ‘dancing’ on the canvas, bringing to mind well-dressed African women celebrating”. The interplay between textiles, abstraction and art as a therapeutic and spiritual tool make Chirrime’s art unique and distinctively African.


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