Sekai Machache

Photographer : Scotland

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Sekai Machache

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Sekai Machache is a visual artist and curator based in Dundee, Scotland. Her work is 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. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing. Working in a multi-disciplinary practice, Sekai uses a wide range of media. Her photographic practice is formulated through digital studio based compositions utilizing body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness.

Sekai works internationally with her most recent work taking her to Brazil where she produced a cross-cultural project which was supported by a Creative Scotland and British Council partnership. She often works collaboratively, for and within her community and is a founding and organizing member of the Yon Afro Collective. 

Sekai works with a wide range of media including but not exclusive to photography. Her photographic practice is mostly formulated through digital studio based compositions utilizing body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness. Sekai is an artist in residence and associate staff member of Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and Design at the University of Dundee. She is also currently working on a cross-cultural exchange project titled ‘Body of Land’ which is produced and facilitated by Focas Scotland. Body of Land is a new Art New Audiences (nAnA) grantee, funded through the British Council’s East Africa Programme. Sekai is an organizing member of the Yon Afro Collective (YAC) in Scotland and also produces a collaborative podcast project titled FFN podcast UK

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In conversation with photographer Sekai Machache

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