September 1 – October 15, 2010
Chaz Maviyane-Davies has been described as the UK’s Design magazine as “the guerrilla of graphic design”. For more than two decades the award-winning, controversial designer’s powerful work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment, and human rights. He has studied (M.A., the Central School of Art and Design in London) and worked in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, the US, and Zimbabwe, his country of origin. From 1983 until recently he ran the renowned design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe, The Maviyane-Project.
Due to adverse political conditions in his homeland, Maviyane-Davies moved to the USA in 2001, where he is currently a Professor of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. As well as being published in numerous books, international magazines, and newspapers, his work has been exhibited extensively and is included in several permanent collections at various galleries. In 2009 he was conferred and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
“Over the years I have tried to marshal the power of design to enable effective communication for social change by using images and ideas to cut through complacency and apathy, while trying to raise consciousness about an array of social and political issues.
Creating an alternate vision as my expression in a pervading regressive body politic has never been easy but design is my weapon and therein lies the challenge I have called ‘Creative Defiance’.
I remind myself that every day offers us the chance to refuse, giving me the impetus to address those social and ecological blemishes, that only only bring misery and despair to humankind, sot hat we can hopefully embrace and nourish the potential we all deserve.”
Artist’s Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 22, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm