Biography



Sekai Machache is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Glasgow, Scotland. Machache’s work brings together layers of drawing, performance, film and photography into photographic compositions that deeply interrogate the notion of self. Her practice is heavily influenced by African metaphysics and cosmology, ritual practice and performance, while her most recent project focuses on the Scottish landscape, Celtic folklore and Black Scottish Identity. Her series ‘Light/Deep Divine Sky’ shot in the Scottish Highlands, sees her outside of the studio and into the Scottish landscape. Even though she has lived in Scotland her whole life, she places herself in the rural landscape for the first time, in a deliberate act to reclaim a space where minoritised bodies are not usually associated with or welcomed into. Through a process of disseminating symbolic imagery, the work surfaces concerns around slavery, colonialism and the racial profile of rural Scotland.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2022 Divination, Sakhile & Me Gallery, Frankfurt


2022 RSA Morton Award Showcase


2021 Addis Foto Fest 2020


2021 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair with Sakhile&Me


2021 Projects 20, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh Arts Festival


2021 Hypnagogia Glossolalia, Edwin Morgan Trust Centenary


2021 Body of Land, Street Level Photoworks Glasgow International Festival


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2021 These Stories, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow International Festival


2019 Walking Through the Shadows Eyes Open, Subsolo Arte Laboratório, Campinas, SP


2019 Heavy Duty, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow


2019 Wyrd Operations – 3 of cups, Bread Arts Laboratory, Ayrshire


2019 See Me Scotland – All Entire Whole, New Glasgow Society, Edinburgh


2019 Alumni Residency Programme, DJCAD, Dundee


2018 Invocation, Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo Brazil, Feira Preta Festival


2018 Reson@te, Image Collective Gallery, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, Exhibition with Rape Crisis Scotland


2018 Alumni Residency Programme, DJCAD, Dundee


2018 Yon Afro Collective, Govanhill Baths, Glasgow International Festival


2017 Focas India: Document Shortlist Screening, SACAC, New Delhi


2017 Focas Scotland: Document Shortlist Exhibition, An Lanntair, Stornoway


2017 Ethics and Aesthetics: Living in a Material World, Kirkcaldy Museum,  St Andrews Museum


2015 Jill Todd Photographic Award, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh


AWARDS


2022 Emerging Artist Bridge Award


2022 Margaret Tait Award Nomination


2020 RSA Morton Award 2020


2019 WoW and Feira Preta Follow-up Fund - Brazil


2017/20 – (nAnA) Grant, British Council East Africa


2015 – Jill Todd Photographic Award – Commendation


RESIDENCIES


2021 Cove Park Residency


2022 PADA Residency Lisbon


2021 Hospitalfield Autumn Residency


2019 Death and Life Residency – Cachoeira Brazil 2018 – Body of Land Residency – Glasgow & Nairobi