Pyda Nyariri
b.1991, Zimbabwe


Pyda Nyariri is a Cape Town based artist who uses speculative fiction, mythology and trickery to imagine the ways in which pidgin languages came into the world. A pidgin language happens when two or more languages meet/collide to create a third hybrid language. 

Nyariri’s work has been presented at Real Art Ways in New Haven, Zeitz MOCCA in Cape Town, Artist Alliance Inc in New York, AC Institute in New York, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Participant Inc Gallery in New York, Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town, AVA Gallery in Cape Town and others.

Nyariri has completed a residency with Braunschweig Projects in Germany (2019), Artist Alliance in New York (2018) and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum’s ISP Program (Independent Study Program 2016-2017). Nyariri was a finalist for the Cassirer Welz Award, 2020 and is the recipient of The Real Art Award (2018), the ABSA Art and Life Award (2013) as well as a top finalist for the Sasol New Signatures Award (2014).


Falling Awake 2021.12.01–2022.01.14


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