Sekai Machache


Sekai Machache

Sept 4 – Sept 27

Eden Court

Bishops Road
Inverness, IV35SA

XOKO Sept 28 – Oct 2

13 Bridge Street
Inverness, IV1 1HG

McCallum Art House Sept 4 – Oct 2 (selection)

Parade House
The Parade
Fort William, PH33 6BA

from the series ‘Mashavi’ – Sekai Machache

Mashavi is a series of photographic images that developed out of the continuation of an ongoing project of analysis and investigation into what it means to be a practising black artist in the western art world. My heritage is Zimbabwean. I belong to the largest ethnic or tribal group in Zimbabwe, Shona. In Shona culture ideas of consciousness are underpinned by the concept of spirit. Wondering spirits of people who died far from home are referred to as ‘shavi’. These spirits are neither good nor bad but are able to possess the living and can influence their lives in a positive or negative way.

Shavi Reschizungu refers to a white person’s spirit, when one is possessed by such a spirit the host imitates a European way of life. The word ‘Mashavi’ is the plural of shavi and indicates the presence of more than one spirit or points to a duality within the individual psyche. My undergraduate dissertation titled Blackness in Contemporary Art questioned whether blackness is a hindering factor in the creative process of artists of colour. Mashavi illustrates this question visually with the shavi (or spirit) representing a splitting of the psyche in reference to W.E.B Dubois’s notion of double consciousness.

Sekai Machache


Sekai Machache (she/her) is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. 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. Sekai works with a wide range of media including photography. Her photographic practice is formulated through digital studio based compositions utilising body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness.

She is the recipient of the 2020 RSA Morton Award and will be joining the 2021-2023 Talbot Rice Residency Programme. She is also a Board Member at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

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 organising member of the Yon Afro Collective.