Founded in 2015,
is a creative agency bringing together writers, artists, designers, academics, and technologists with a mutual interest in publishing, curating conversations and exhibitions, and facilitating teaching residencies. What animates all these activities is the effort to engender a new culture and new forms of publishing and creative production. Our work has led to a run of synchronized events, screenings, and public talks. The founding partners, Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Nontsikelelo Mutiti, operate between Harare and Richmond, Va.

PUBLICATION

Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats

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FILM

Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats

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PUBLICATION

Fourdjour

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CURATORIAL

Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals

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Black Chalk & Co. operates on a four tier approach:

PUBLISHING

Distribution of knowledge and beauty is at the core of our work. We want to move strong, radical and impactful work out into the world to challenge over represented voices and ideals. We experiment with innovative formats and designs. Our productions have included zines, maps, art portfolios, postcards, posters and books.

SEMINARS AND LECTURES

We continue to share our experiences with peers and invested audiences through public talks and workshops. Disseminating our work is an ongoing performance.

RESIDENCIES

Much of our work is collaborative and participatory. We facilitate cultural exchanges and residencies, and also take part in residencies at other institutions that share our values.

EXHIBITIONS

As a diasporic creative team, we promote our global outlook and unconventional interventions by introducing and hosting curatorial initiatives and partnerships outside of traditional spaces.

About Us

Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a writer, editor and scholar from Zimbabwe. He holds degrees from English, Welsh and Zimbabwean universities. He has been invested in how the poetics of anarchy inform creative writing, digital media and African literature.

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is Zimbabwean born visual artist and educator. She is invested in elevating the work and practices of Black peoples past, present and future through a conceptual approach to design, experimental publishing and archiving practices and peer to peer collaborations.

Black Chalk Community

Individuals

Simon Benjamin, Michael Demps, Tapiwa Gambura, Yusuf Hassan, Natasha Hatendi, Masimba Hwati, Ashley James, Rakhee Kewada, Impi Maphango, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Tenjiwe Mutiti, Tammy Nguyen, Lucia Nhamo, Liona Nyariri, Drew Sisk, Elisa Slaton, Taylor Stewart, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Wesley Taylor, Corey Tegeler, and Preston Thompson

Institutions

Brooklyn Public Library (New York), Chimurenga (Cape Town), Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg), Passenger Pigeon Press (New York), Village Unhu (Harare), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond), Wendy's Subway (New York)