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Chaka Chikodzi

Chaka Chikodzi is a Zimbabwean-Canadian stone sculptor living, working, and raising a family in Katarokwi/Kingston. He works with volcanic rock from Zimbabwe, where he started sculpting as a teenager, and has a studio here in Kingston and in Mvurwi, Zimbabwe, where he works with a team of assistants. Working with this stone here in Canada, where he has lived for the past 18 years, he has become increasingly interested in the stone itself – in the story it tells about geological history and in the relationship that he has forged with it over his years living between two continents. His recent work is inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the natural rock formations that are unique to Zimbabwe’s landscape.

Chaka Chikodzi is a Zimbabwean-Canadian stone sculptor living, working, and raising a family in Katarokwi/Kingston. He works with volcanic rock from Zimbabwe, where he started sculpting as a teenager, and has a studio here in Kingston and in Mvurwi, Zimbabwe, where he works with a team of assistants. Working with this stone here in Canada, where he has lived for the past 18 years, he has become increasingly interested in the stone itself – in the story it tells about geological history and in the relationship that he has forged with it over his years living between two continents. His recent work is inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the natural rock formations that are unique to Zimbabwe’s landscape.

I believe that [the stone] has its own life, its own history, its own sense of time. I am trying to see if the stone can transport me to the past, or into the future.

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The stone hasn’t changed me, it has brought me places. Even when I am long gone, my sculptures will outlive me.

Unloading the stone in Kingston from the shipping container. Photo Credit: Naomi Okabe

Still image of the pink and white layers inside the stone from Zimbabwe

This film is produced by Naomi Okabe and Tess Girard with Chaka Chikodzi, and is commissioned and distributed by Agnes Etherington Art Centre (2022).

Generous support provided by the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation.
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