Black Chalk & Co.

Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats

Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats is a book of writers on writing‐anecdotes, aphorisms, and excerpts culled from interviews and other sources. This edition brings together almost 150 Zimbabwean writers, editors, academics and publishers to provide a rare glimpse of what being a writer is really like. Printed in a limited edition, Some Writers is available exclusively from Black Chalk & Co, with all proceeds going to support our publication series.

This limited edition paperback was printed in 2019 at Cassochrome in Belgium. The publication is 5.5 x 8 inches with 258 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7974-9573-9.

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Beautiful Words Are Subversive

The exhibition functions as a platform for publishing, discussion, and visual presentation. It imagines new forms, genres, and approaches. The work responds to scant or destroyed archives by drawing on a diverse, eclectic range of sources. Moving through the library learning to interpret gaps in the archive; working between and across disciplines; and reading beneath the story that's told for the untold story. Beautiful Words mines political histories to re-engage literature, conduct research and offer a new historiography of the present.

Exhibition design concept in collaboration with Tinashe Mushakavanhu.

Publications, screen printed T-shirts, posters, textiles, megaphone, and vinyl. Central Library, BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW YORK

The rose that grew from concrete

The Rose that Grew from Concrete presents and maps images of Dambudzo Marechera's personal geography: footage of him, and other commemorative media. The rose patterned wallpaper is an homage to a jacket worn by the late author in many iconic and heavily circulated photographs taken of him in a park in the city centre of Harare, now known as Harare Gardens.

Posters, found telephone, heatpressed T-shirts, publications, television and video.

Why Don't You Carve Other Animals

1-54 Forum, the fair's unique discursive programme, explores convergences across artistic and cultural production, critical thinking and ideas. The programme takes its point of departure from Yvonne Vera's title short story 'Why Don't You Carve Other Animals'. Yvonne Vera recognised the potential of the literary text to function as an important means of appropriating, inverting and challenging dominant means of representation and colonial ideologies.

Art direction for programming curated in collaboration with Tinashe Mushakavanhu.

Curatorial/ Public Programming. 1:54 African Art Fair, New York.

An online archive documenting the published history and national narrative of Zimbabwe through literature. Through collecting this data and documenting instances of publishers and authors whose work related to Zimbabwe we are able to investigate and interrogate the dynamics in the publishing world and academia. The project also works to surface publications that might be banned in our nation and also recover the voices of Zimbabwean authors who might not be visible because of the biases within platforms such as wikipedia that promise encyclopedic knowledge whilst doing little to advocate for the representation of Africans on the platform.

Website concept in collaboration with Tinashe Mushakavanhu.


Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats

This experimental film is a collaboration with seven artists, filmmakers and photographers from different countries including Jamaica, Kenya, the United States and Zimbabwe. It was conceptualized as an extensions of the book, Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats. All contributions were then added to the sequence using the 'exquisite corpse' as a format. The film premiered at the Brooklyn Public Library as part of the 'Beautiful Words Are Subversive' exhibition curated by Black Chalk & Co. a fugitive collective deeply invested in both lost and extant archives.

Directed and produced by Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Nontsikelelo Mutiti with art direction by Nontsikelelo Mutiti. Edited by Simon Benjamin and Nontsikelelo Mutiti. Original short films produced by Simon Benjamin, Tapiwa Gambura, Yusuf Hassan, Masimba Hwati, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Tenjiwe Mutiti, and Lucia Nhamo. Audio samples from BBC World Service, Moonlight Films, Radio Netherlands, and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services and original score featured in the printed edition of Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats by Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa.

The film runs for 17 minutes.


A Project by Derek Fordjour and Black Chalk & Co. features an in-studio conversation between curator Manon Slome and artist Derek Fordjour with a selection of images of Fordjour's installation Parade, produced during his residency at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum in Harlem. In addition a selection of Fordjour's paintings and sculptures inspired by Black athletes, cheerleaders and some memories that reframe medical facilities and county fairs through the lens of his boyhood.

Hard back monograph with a foil stamped cloth cover. Offset printed in 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. 6,25 inches x 8,75 inches with 93 pages in total with colour illustrations.

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South of Samora
Volume 1

South of Samora is an experiment towards a fully fledged literary publication started in 2018. So far two volumes have been published, in Grahamstown (South Africa) and Richmond, Va (United States). The magazine plays with form and uses half of its content from archives, which is treated by cropping, repetition, scale, ordering, and sequencing. Contemporary African writers on the continent and its diasporas are commissioned to submit new experimental work.

Home Means Nothing To Me

A zine produced during a two week residency at Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg. This informal publication offers new insights on the iconoclastic writer Dambudzo Marechera's complicated relationship with Harare and Zimbabwe. It also functions as a dual biography of the writer and his adopted city and uncovers the intertwined stories between them. It has been produced in three editions since 2017. In 2018, Chimurenga reproduced the map in their special Chronic issue on ‘The Invention of Zimbabwe.’

This limited edition risograph zine was printed in 2017 at Keleketla Library in Johannesburg South Africa. The publication is 8.3 in x 11.7 in with 12 Pages. Edition size 69.

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1960 Free

A small zine that accompanied a participatory binding workshop Black Chalk & Co hosted as part of PopRally TEN. PopRally is a series of events at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with MoMA and facilitates experimental ways of encountering modern and contemporary art.

This spiral bound booklet was printed on a risograph machine. It was printed in 2016 in Brooklyn, New York and assembled at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The publication is 5.5 in x 8.5. Page count variable.