Creative Work

November 13, 2020

Surviving Dystopia

Dananayi Muwanigwa

My goal with the series was to illustrate three female characters living in an alternate distopian world.  I wanted the pieces to mirror our own Corona virus pandemic and explore themes of survival, uncertainty blindness, paranoia and alienation.

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About Dananayi Muwanigwa

Dananayi Muwanigwa has five years of experience as a digital illustrator, 2D animator and visual effects artist. Over the course of the five years, he has done extensive freelance work for a wide variety of both local and international clients. Moreover, he has worked for Magamba Network, one of Zimbabwe’s leading creative organizations and Spidex Media, a prominent advertising firm. In addition to his core competencies, he also has experience with filming and video editing. Through his art, he has been afforded several incredible opportunities. In 2017, Dananayi was selected as one of three artists-in-residence for the annual Fak’ugesi Digital Art Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. During his time there, he exhibited three digital paintings and gained experience with augmented reality from Alt Reality Studios in Braamfontein. Following his residency, he successfully hosted the first augmented reality exhibition in Harare at Batanai Gardens, with support from the British Council Zimbabwe. The audience feedback was very positive; they were amazed to see his digital paintings come to life as they viewed them through their smartphones. Additionally, in 2018, he participated as a web resident for Akademie Schloss Solitude Germany, an international artists-in-residence program. During this residency, he explored Afrofuturism, bringing tribal African aesthetics to the forefront and into the future through digital illustrations. Dananayi’s goal is to contribute to the modernisation of the diverse African naratives of black people in Africa and the diaspora.