Tandazani Dhlakama is an assistant curator at Zeitz MOCAA. Prior joining Zeitz MOCAA, she worked at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Harare where she held various roles between 2011 and 2017. She is part of the curatorial team for the 13th Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography (2022). She recently curated Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23 (2020), Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era (2018) and collaborated on Nobukho Nqaba’s Izicwangciso Zezethu… (2019) and Tracey Rose’s Retrospective Shooting Down Babylon (2022) at Zeitz MOCAA amongst other projects.
In 2016 Dhlakama was curator at Tsoko Gallery, an independent art space in Harare, where she curated their inaugural exhibition Beyond the Body (2016) and was involved in the establishment of the space.
Dhlakama has contributed to the artist monographs of Tracey Rose, Georgina Maxim and Wallen Mapondera. As well as Audacious Art Practices: Situating the Contemporary Arts of Africa, Plasticity of the Planet: On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions, Something We Africans Got, Africanah, The Herald Newspaper, Panorama, Jewel, Stitch and Artlife magazines. She holds an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds, UK (2015) and a BA in Fine Art and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University, USA (2011).
The late Zimbabwean painter, Helen Lieros occupied herself with creating solidarity and going against the status quo. Tandazani Dhlakama recalls her trajectory and broad imprint as a member of The Circle, and founding member of Gallery Delta and Gallery Magazine.