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The Graphic Design of Chaz Maviyane-Davies

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human rights

GLOBAL

PALESTINE: A HOMELAND DENIED
Poster supporting the plight of Palestinian people.
PALESTINE: A HOMELAND DENIED
Poster supporting the plight of Palestinian people.
DISSENT IS A RIGHT
Poster defending the rights of opposition parties in Iran.
DISSENT IS A RIGHT
Poster defending the rights of opposition parties in Iran.
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
Poster for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
Poster for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
END GENITAL MUTILATION
Poster against the practice of genital mutilation in some parts of Africa.
END GENITAL MUTILATION
Poster against the practice of genital mutilation in some parts of Africa.
1962 TO 2012
Poster on 60 years after Birmingham, Alabama, USA
1962 to 2012
Poster on 60 years after Birmingham, Alabama, USA
FAETAL CASUALTY
Poster for an exhibition on child labor (child soldiers).
FAETAL CASUALTY
Poster for an exhibition on child labor (child soldiers).
FLIGHT
Poster for an exhibition on immigration.
FLIGHT
Poster for an exhibition on immigration.

Projects

human RIGHTS

un rights

30, is a folio of posters based on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and seen from an African perspective.

This series of 30 posters on Human Rights expresses my design philosophy on a larger scale to a wider audience.

My self-set brief grew out of the indignation I have always felt in the way that Africans are constantly portrayed. Shot entirely in Zimbabwe and Madagascar, these posters, based on dignity and preservation, exist as a tribute to the resistance and humility of African people.

9 of the 30 posters are shown here.

A book of this folio can be purchased here.
Exhibitions of 30 available upon request.

U.N. COLLECTION COVER
Dedication to the peoples of Africa
30 folio cover
Dedication to the peoples of Africa
Article 1
All human beings are born free.
Article 1
All human beings are born free.
article 4
No one should be subjected to slavery or servitude.
Article 4
No one should be subjected to slavery or servitude.
article 4
No one should be subjected to slavery or servitude.
Article 8
Everyone has the right to legal assistance.
article 4
No one should be subjected to slavery or servitude.
Article 11
Everyone has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
article 4
No one should be subjected to slavery or servitude.
Article 14
Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy assylum from persecution in other countries.
article 4
No one should be subjected to slavery or servitude.
Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of religion and expression.
Article 27
Everyone has the right to participate in Culture.
Article 23
Everyone has the right to work.
Article 29
We have a duty to our community and environment.
Article 25
Everyone has the right to a standard of living.
Article 29
We have a duty to our community and environment.
Article 29
Everyone has a duty to the community and the environment.

projects

HUMAN RIGHTS

remember

8 of 12 posters on various important issues in the series that began in 1994 for a 'JUST World' conference in Malaysia on human rights. I have continued to add to this theme over the years.

REMEMBER Vietnam
Poster on the use of Agent Orange.
REMEMBER Vietnam
Poster on the use of Agent Orange.
REMEMBER Rwanda
Poster on ignoring the warnings of genocide.
REMEMBER Rwanda
Poster on ignoring the warnings of genocide.
REMEMBER The UN
Poster questioning the USA’s control of the UN.
REMEMBER The UN
Poster questioning the USA’s control of the UN.
REMEMBER Slavery
Poster on the ultimate cost of Slavery.
REMEMBER Slavery
Poster on the ultimate cost of Slavery.
REMEMBER Racism
Poster on the problems of Xenophobia.
REMEMBER Racism
Poster on the problems of Xenophobia.
REMEMBER The Holocaust
Poster on the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany.
REMEMBER The Holocaust
Poster on the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany.
REMEMBER Iraq
Poster on the unseen destruction of ‘smart bombs’.
REMEMBER Iraq
Poster on the unseen destruction of ‘smart bombs’.
REMEMBER September 11
Poster on the tragic events of September 11.
REMEMBER September 11
Poster on the tragic events of September 11.

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HUMAN RIGHTS

GRAPHIC COMMENTARIES

30 days of ‘graphic activism’

During the countdown to the Zimbabwe 2000 elections I produced around 50 ‘graphic commentaries’ in an attempt to chronicle and highlight the many issues that shaped the reality and atmosphere of our predicament with one aim in mind,  
to raise the consciousness of our situation and similar ones in the world at large. These were distributed daily by email on the internet.

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As a project, this began on 25 May 2000 - the day the voter delimitation zones were announced and went on for 30 days until the eve of the elections. By spending about an hour or two a day on a simple graphic comment related to our situation, I felt I could contribute something through the positive use of design to bring about some awareness to the abuse and violations of our rights being perpetrated in Zimbabwe.

Also given the absolute lack of voter education/information around, which should be the duty of any responsible government except ours, (as this would contradict every aspect of their violent campaign) I also wanted to disseminate ideas out there for interested civic rights groups and individuals to harvest and even use in some way if they could.

Commentary 1. ABUSE OF POWER
The eye in the skull is the shape of Zimbabwe.
Commentary 1. ABUSE OF POWER
The eye in the skull is the shape of Zimbabwe.
Commentary 2. TAKE YOUR ANGER TO THE POLLS
Commentary 2. TAKE YOUR ANGER TO THE POLLS
Commentary 3. BEHIND EVERY MOTHER
Commentary 3. BEHIND EVERY
MOTHER
Commentary 4. FLAG
A portion of the Zimbabwe flag.
Red = The Blood of Liberation
Commentary 4. FLAG
A portion of the Zimbabwe flag.  Green = Land, Gold = Prosperity, Black = People, Red = The Blood of Liberation
Commentary 6. ABSOLUTE
You'll have to remind yourself of an international advertising campaign.
Commentary 6. ABSOLUTE
You'll have to remind yourself of an international advertising campaign.
Commentary 8. NEWSWORTHY
As over 8000 people have fled from the violence and terror in their villages the international press seems only interested in the fate of whites.
Commentary 8. NEWSWORTHY
As over 8000 people have fled from the violence and terror in their villages the international press seems only interested in the fate of whites.
Commentary 13. IMPOTENCY
Commentary 13. IMPOTENCY
Commentary 19. JONGWE
The original symbol and current nickname for the ruling party is 'Jongwe', which means cockerel.
Commentary 19. JONGWE
The original symbol and current nickname for the ruling party is 'Jongwe', which means cockerel.
Commentary 23. OUR FEAR
The redeployment of the infamous 5th Brigade, 'red berets' for the notorious 'Gakuruhundi' campaign that left thousands of Ndebele dead.
Commentary 23. OUR FEAR
The redeployment of the 5th Brigade into Matebeleland has added a psychological twist to the state¹s continued intimidation campaign. In the 1980¹s the infamous 'red berets¹ were responsible for the notorious 'Gakuruhundi' campaign that left thousands of Ndebele dead and the area traumatised.
Commentary 24. IN GREED WE TRUST
The government orders the printing of millions of Zimbabwe dollars so that the ruling party could borrow funds to finance its election campaign.  On our currency, the watermark on our notes is actually a Zimbabwe bird.
Commentary 24. IN GREED WE TRUST
The government had just ordered the printing of 250 million Zimbabwe dollars so that the ruling party could borrow funds to finance its election campaign. It has already depleted the Z$76 million it was allocated for the election by parliament, as funding armed farm invasions and intimidating the masses is not cheap if you need to win at all costs and sustain self-serving corruption.
For those of you unfamiliar with our currency, the watermark on our notes is actually a Zimbabwe bird.
Commentary 25. DRC
Why does Robert Mugabe send our troops to die in a war that has nothing to do with us let alone one that we cannot afford?
Commentary 25. DRC
What has always been known, has become very clear in recent weeks -why Robert Mugabe sent our troops to die in a war that has nothing to do with us let alone one that we can afford.
Commentary 26. FREE & FAIR
Commentary 26. FREE & FAIR
Commentary 27. BEHIND EVERY MASK
Commentary 27. BEHIND EVERY MASK
Commentary 28. BACKFIRE
The day after Milosovic was toppled
Commentary 28. BACKFIRE
The day after Milosovic was toppled
Commentary 29. VISION
Commentary 29. VISION

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HUMAN RIGHTS

PORTAL OF TRUTH

Another 30 days of ‘graphic activism’

The Zimbabwe presidential elections were held on 9 & 10 March 2002, once again under a cloud of violence and intimidation, that had surpassed our worst nightmares. This time Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party cynically cloaked their human rights abuses in legislation using laws to dismember and disenfranchise our citizenry.

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Maybe I was being unrealistic, and blinded by faith in humanity, but once again I began another month of graphic activism called ‘Portal of truth’ and produced around 42 images. As with the graphic commentaries from the 2000 elections, I sent an image a day, to Zimbabwe and the world, until the elections commenced.

Once again these images were intended for all and anybody’s eyes and could be disseminated and used in any way and every way to spread the truth about our deteriorating situation. The madness has to be stopped and if these images could make the slightest difference, then they needed to be out there.

Portal 1. STATE TERRORISM
The conical tower at Great Zimbabwe is the symbol of our beloved country. The plane is emblazoned with the name and insignia of the ruling party.
Portal 1. STATE TERRORISM
The conical tower at Great Zimbabwe is the symbol of our beloved country. The plane is emblazoned with the name and insignia of the ruling party.
Portal 2. STOP
Portal 2. STOP
Portal 5. ZIMBABWEAN
Portal 5. ZIMBABWEAN
Portal 7. SNAKE'S HEAD
Portal 7. SNAKE'S HEAD
Portal 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH
The Bulawayo Offices of The Daily News, Zimbabwe's independent and leading daily paper were petrol bombed today.
Portal 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH
The Bulawayo Offices of The Daily News, Zimbabwe's independent and leading daily paper were petrol bombed today.
Portal 10. ACCESS DENIED
Robert Mugabe defied the EU two days ago, announcing that its observers would not be allowed to monitor Zimbabwe's presidential election.
Portal 10. ACCESS DENIED
Robert Mugabe defied the European Union two days ago, announcing that its observers would not be allowed to monitor Zimbabwe's presidential election.
Portal 15. DISTURBING THE PEACE
An interdenominational church service in Bulawayo on Saturday ended in the arrest of eleven people. They were arrested for disturbing the peace.
Portal 15. DISTURBING THE PEACE
An interdenominational church service in Bulawayo on Saturday ended in the arrest of eleven people. They were arrested for disturbing the peace.
Portal 18. MOSQUITO
Proverb
Portal 18. MOSQUITo
Proverb
Portal 19. WORK or TORTURE
Militant members of ZANU PF have set up at least 22 militia bases across Zimbabwe under the guise of occupational training centers, to launch violent government-backed forays of torture and oppression.
Portal 19. WORK or TORTURE
Militant members of President Mugabe's party have set up at least 22 militia bases across Zimbabwe under the guise of occupational training centers, to launch violent government-backed forays of torture and oppression, human rights groups claimed yesterday. The Human Rights forum said: "In most cases, victims are abducted to bases ... these bases are springboards for the militia operating in the area and also serve as torture centres.”
Portal 20. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Moses Oguti, the editor-in-chief of a Botswana magazine, Trans-Kalahari, is still languishing in Mutare prison a week after his arrest for allegedly sneaking into the country.
Portal 20. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Moses Oguti, the editor-in-chief of a Botswana magazine, Trans-Kalahari, is still languishing in Mutare prison a week after his arrest for allegedly sneaking into the country through the Forbes border post. - Daily News. Saturday 23rd February. This image is dedicated to all journalists around the world.
Portal 21. 13 MILLION HOSTAGES
Portal 21. 13 MILLION HOSTAGES
Portal 26. SEE NO EVIL
President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa outlines a vision for a new Africa which he dubbed 'The African Renaissance', while his own observers here in Zimbabwe are being mugged in broad daylight.
Portal 26. SEE NO EVIL
On 28th September, 1998, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa outlined a vision for a new Africa which he dubbed 'The African Renaissance'. He spoke about peace, democracy and solidarity, while his own observers here in Zimbabwe are being mugged in broad daylight. Hypocrisy has never been more apparent.
Portal 28. MEDALS OF DISHONOUR
The opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai  gets charged with high treason, while Zimbabwe's military and security chiefs say they would only back Mugabe.
Portal 28. MEDALS OF DISHONOUR
The opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai  gets charged with high treason, yet Zimbabwe's military and security chiefs don't even get their wrists slapped for saying they would only back Mugabe and his henchmen.
Portal 30. DEGREES IN VIOLENCE
Portal 30. DEGREES IN VIOLENCE
Portal 35. MISS ZIMBABWE 2003
Thousands of hungry villagers accuse Mugabe of not delivering promised food as many are surviving on one meal a day while others survive on tree leaves and edible roots.
Portal 35. MISS ZIMBABWE 2003
Hungry villagers accuse Mugabe of not delivering promised food. Thousands of villagers are surviving on one meal a day while others survive on tree leaves and edible roots. Daily News Zimbabwe 2/22/02

projects

SOCIAL & POLITICS

SELF-DETERMINATION
Poster supporting the liberation struggles in Africa.
SELF-DETERMINATION
Poster supporting the liberation struggles in Africa.
MOTO Election Aftermath
Cover for a political magazine just after 1985 Zimbabwe general elections.
MOTO Election Aftermath
Cover for a political magazine just after 1985 Zimbabwe general elections.
TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
Poster for a peace conference.
TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
Poster for a peace conference.
EXCEPT U
Poster for an exhibition on (African) immigration in the European Union.
EXCEPT U
Poster for an exhibition on (African) immigration in the European Union.
KNOWLEDGE WILL SET YOU FREE
2 color poster to encourage people to use the British Council libraries.
KNOWLEDGE WILL SET YOU FREE
2 color poster to encourage people to use the British Council libraries.
WARNING
Poster on religion and politics.
WARNING
Poster on religion and politics.
STOP GENDER VIOLENCE
Poster to fight against Domestic Violence.
STOP GENDER VIOLENCE
Poster to fight against Domestic Violence.
SRI LANKA
Poster commentary on Sri Lanka's Prime Minister's speech.
SRI LANKA
Poster commentary on Sri Lanka's Prime Minister's speech.
GLOBALISATION
Poster on the effects of global homogenization.
GLOBALISATION
Poster on the effects of global homogenization.
FACISM/RACISM
Image for a journal article on how early childhood can help it take root.
FACISM/RACISM
Image for a journal article on how early childhood can help it take root.
MEDIA DEMONIZATION
Image for a journal article claiming that the mass media perpetuate racial stereotypes.
MEDIA DEMONIZATION
Image for a journal article claiming that the mass media perpetuate racial stereotypes.
MANTONE
Intro image for a section in a journal that looks at race country by country.
RACE - COUNTRY BY COLOUR
Intro image for a section in a journal that looks at race country by country.
1%
Poster for the Occupy movement.
1%
Poster for the Occupy movement.
EJECT
Poster for the 2004 USA elections.
EJECT
Poster for the 2004 USA elections.
2008?
Poster for the 2008 USA elections.
2008?
Poster for the 2008 USA elections.
END THE BLOCK-AID
Poster on the USA embargo of Cuba.
END THE BLOCK-AID
Poster on the USA embargo of Cuba.
TILL DEATH DO US PART
Poster on Conflict Diamonds.
TILL DEATH DO US PART
Poster on Conflict Diamonds.
STILL LOADING
Poster on racial equality (Black lives matter).
STILL LOADING
Poster on racial equality.
war
Anti War poster.
WAR
Anti War poster
HIROSHIMA
Poster Questioning the Bomb, History and Non - Proliferation on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
HIROSHIMA
Poster Questioning the Bomb, History and Non - Proliferation on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Poster on racial equality (Black lives matter).
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.
god has no religion
Poster for Print Magazine's 75th anniversary.
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.
war is murder
Anti War poster.
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.
nuclear disarmament now
Anti Nuclear War poster.
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.
trump warning
Poster for the 2016 USA elections.
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.
GIVE ME YOUR TIRED
Poster protesting Trump's proposed US immigration ban.
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.
UBUNTU
Tolerance poster in homage to Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996)
vote
Poster for an exhibition of our voting rights.

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ENVIRONMENT

GLOBAL WARnING!
Poster for a conference on Global Warming in Kyoto.
GLOBAL WARNING!
Poster for a conference on Global Warming in Kyoto.
iUCN CALENDAR 1999
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing custom made Zimbabwean staffs.
iUCN Calendar 1999
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing custom made Zimbabwean staffs.
IUCN Calendar 2000
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing tradition fabrics.
IUCN Calendar 2000
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing tradition fabrics.
IUCN CALENDAR 2000
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing tradition fabrics.
IUCN CALENDAR 2000
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing tradition fabrics.
IUCN CALENDAR 2000
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing tradition fabrics.
IUCN CALENDAR 2000
Calendar for a Conservation organization utilizing tradition fabrics.
IUCN
Poster depicting how human identity is linked to wildlife.
IUCN
Poster depicting how human identity is linked to wildlife.
THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER
Poster used during 1992 UN conference on environment & development.
THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER
Poster used during 1992 UN conference on environment & development.
CO2 Consume
Environmental poster on Carbon emissions and our lifestyle.
CO2 Consume
Environmental poster on Carbon emissions and our lifestyle.
DENIAL
Poster on Fossil fuel depletion.
DENIAL
Poster on Fossil fuel depletion.
GAME OVER
Poster on water pollution.
GAME OVER
Poster on water pollution.
CHERNOBYL, 20 YEARS AFTER
Poster about the tragic 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukraine.
CHERNOBYL, 20 YEARS AFTER
Poster about the tragic 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukraine.
LISTEN
From a series of 6 posters on deforestation.
LISTEN
From a series of 6 posters on deforestation.
UNCLEAR ?
Poster on the lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima.
UNCLEAR ?
Poster on the lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima.
SLOW DOWN
Poster advocating bicycle use.
SLOW DOWN
Poster advocating bicycle use.

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cultural

DIGNITY
Poster for an exhibition of my work in Japan.
DIGNITY
Poster for an exhibition of my work in Japan.
ANDY SHEPPARD 1
Poster for jazz musician’s tour of Africa.
ANDY SHEPPARD 1
Poster for jazz musician’s tour of Africa.
ANDY SHEPPARD 2
Poster for jazz musician’s concert in Zimbabwe.
ANDY SHEPPARD 2
Poster for jazz musician’s concert in Zimbabwe.
LE MARCHE AFRICAIN
Poster for an African Crafts Market and Convention.
LE MARCHE AFRICAIN
Poster for an African Crafts Market and Convention.
DISSENT
Poster for an exhibition of my work.
DISSENT
Poster for an exhibition of my work.
AFRICA 2006
Poster to promote Africa’s bid for the World Cup in 2006.
AFRICA 2006
Poster to promote Africa’s bid for the World Cup in 2006.
STUBBORN HOPE
Poster for a peace awards dinner.
STUBBORN HOPE
Poster for a peace awards dinner.
SOUTHERN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Color poster for an African Film Festival.
SOUTHERN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Color poster for an African Film Festival.
BRECHT’S 100th
Poster to commemorate the 100th birthday of radical German playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht.
BRECHT’S 100th
Poster to commemorate the 100th birthday of radical German playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht.
BEING
Poster for an exhibition of my work around issues of Consumerism and Human Existence - the arrow feather is a barcode.
BEING
Poster for an exhibition of my work around issues of Consumerism and Human Existence - the arrow feather is a barcode.
GRAZI
Poster announcing an exhibition of designers works.
GRAZI
Poster announcing an exhibition of designers works.
CREATIVE DEFIANCE
Poster for a lecture.
CREATIVE DEFIANCE
Poster for a lecture.
HUMANITY'S GIFTS
Cultural Diversity poster.
HUMANITY'S GIFTS
Cultural Diversity poster.
DIVIDED CITIES
Conference poster.
DIVIDED CITIES
Conference poster.
SOUTH AFRICA 2010
Poster promoting the world cup.
SOUTH AFRICA 2010
Poster promoting the world cup.
SIEGE OF SARAJEVO
Poster for an exhibition entitled Views of Sarajevo 1914-2014.
SIEGE OF SARAJEVO
Poster for an exhibition entitled Views–Sarajevo 1914-2014.
HOMAGE TO LAUTREC
Poster to commemorate the 100th year of the death of Toulouse Lautrec.
HOMAGE TO LAUTREC
Poster to commemorate the 100th year of the death of Toulouse Lautrec.

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health

DISEASE
Poster for an exhibition at the 12th World AIDS Conference.
DISEASE
Poster for an exhibition at the 12th World AIDS Conference.
HIV POSITIVE
Anti stigma poster to support people suffering from AIDS.
HIV POSITIVE
Anti stigma poster to support people suffering from AIDS.
THE COST OF LIVING
Poster on HIV/AIDS awareness.
THE COST OF LIVING
Poster on HIV/AIDS awareness.
THE POINT OF LIFE
Poster on HIV/AIDS awareness.
THE POINT OF LIFE
Poster on HIV/AIDS awareness.
HUNGER
Poster for an exhibition on stopping world hunger.
HUNGER
Poster from a 'Food & Nutrition kit' to educate consumers on aspects of nutrition.
aids SLINGSHOT
World AIDS Day Poster on AIDS awareness.
SLINGSHOT
World AIDS Day Poster on AIDS awareness.
AIDS CONTINUUM OF CARE
Framework conceived as a map/tool designed and intended for anyone and everyone in any profession to use within their cultural conceptual contexts and their material circumstances in combatting AIDS
AIDS CONTINUUM OF CARE
Framework conceived as a map/tool designed to help combat AIDS.

PROJECTS

a WORLD OF QUESTIONS

© 2015 

A World of Questions: 120 Posters on the Human Condition:
A large hardcover (18" x 11.25", 45.7 x 28.6cm) thought provoking, conceptual book that urges us to question things we might take for granted. Subjects within the book include: the environment, corruption, assassination, climate change, consumerism, dissent, disability, the death penalty, education, the economy, ecocide, endangered species, energy, equality, fast food, fossil fuels, gender, guns, genocide, human rights, health, technology, labor, culture, nuclear disarmament, philosophy, peace, pollution, privacy, population, racism, religion, recycling, social media, values, vanishing resources, water, waste and war amongst many others. Through design, A World of Questions uses original imagery to engage us in the conversations of our time.

Music: Kinan Azmeh

Purchase book here.
Exhibitions of A World of Questions available upon request.

REVIEWS FOR A WORLD OF QUESTIONS

Riveting, heartbreaking, challenging, in your face and poetic. This collection is an utter tour de force. Debbie Millman, USA 

 An inspirational tool for change makers around the globe. Jakob Von Uexküll, Sweden 

The need for change around the critical issues of our time is clearly and powerfully expressed. Milton Glaser, USA

 A remarkable snapshot of where we are and how we must move forward. Anita Kunz, Canada

A catalogue of heartfelt graphic provocation from a master of versatile visual thinking. Rick Poynor, UK

 A powerful and beautiful book.  Rebeca Méndez, USA

A series of astonishing posters nearly unprecedented in history of social design and extraordinary in their content, scope and creativity.  Felix Beltran, Cuba/Mexico

Thanks for these 120 wake-up calls…let them hang on the walls all over the world. Swip Stolk, The Netherlands

His eyes are not eyes because you see them. They are eyes because they see you. Ronald Shakespear, Argentina

Stunning images, deep insights and piercing messages are captured so beautifully that they bring the kind of uplifting that we need in our quest for a better world. Anwar Fazal, Malaysia

A book that rises up against injustice with dignity.  Mitsuo Katsui, Japan 

Impressive. The stakes are high. Pierre Bernard, France 

Once again Chaz reframes the issues of our time through his enlightened means of challenging expression…he reminds us that to be bold and emphatic is noble. Rick Valicenti, USA 

Such an important book from one of the most perfect visual translators the graphic design field has ever seen. Felipe Taborda, Brazil 

This amazing book is for anybody who appreciates the power of visual metaphor.  Armando Milani, Italy 

This is a timeless and essential companion for exploring life and resilience. Ric Grefé, USA 

Intellectual, original, brave, surprising, systematic and relentless. Yossi Lemel, Israel 

Chaz has great moral integrity.  Why isn’t everyone like him? Maira Kalman, USA 

This visually sophisticated poster compendium is filled with love for humanity, its struggles and its future. Mehdi Saeedi, Iran 

Chaz challenges us to contemplate the state of our universe, all with surprising and inspiring results. Giovanni De Mauro, Italy 

If A World of Questions does not make you think, think and rethink, you may be right to think that you are probably dead. Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

Once a month for the past few years I have stuck a tear-sheet flyer with a different illustrated quote on it outside my office door at the college where I taught.

I felt I also wanted to share this with an online audience and in 2013, I started to send these out to my friends and colleagues as well.

These small images aren't posters and were never intended for print. I saw them as digital doodles to keep my mind focused and the creative juices flowing. They are usually done in a day and while some images might be related to a pertinent issue of the day, most are just great quotes which I enjoy.

NSA SURVEILLANCE
Latest NSA surveillance program exposed.
NSA SURVEILLANCE
Latest NSA surveillance program exposed.
Mandela
Nelson Mandela died in December 2013.
Mandela
Nelson Mandela died in December 2013.
ebola
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.
Ebola
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.
I have a dream i exist
In June 2015, nine people were murdered in a historic black Charleston church in South Carolina as the Confederate flag flies in the Capitol grounds.
I have a dream i exist
In June 2015, nine people were murdered in a historic black Charleston church in South Carolina as the Confederate flag flies in the Capitol grounds.
trump card
Comment on GOP nominee for 2016 presidential elections.
I have a dream i exist
In June 2015, nine people were murdered in a historic black Charleston church in South Carolina as the Confederate flag flies in the Capitol grounds.
T FOR TRUMP
I have a dream i exist
In June 2015, nine people were murdered in a historic black Charleston church in South Carolina as the Confederate flag flies in the Capitol grounds.

projects

divers

3 WISE MEN
Christmas Card.
3 WISE MEN
Christmas Card.
TUKU MUSIC
CD Cover for a musician whose totem is an elephant.
TUKU MUSIC
CD Cover for a musician whose totem is an elephant.
mhepo
CD Cover. Mapapiro means 'little wing'.
TUKU MUSIC
CD Cover for a musician whose totem is an elephant.
NMMZ
Proposed logo for National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe.
NMMZ
Proposed logo for National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe.
JACARANDA
Magazine cover for a Japanese social group in Zimbabwe.
JACARANDA
Magazine cover for a Japanese social group in Zimbabwe.
GLOBAL NARRATIVES OF RACE
University journal for a race conference in South Africa.
JACARANDA
Magazine cover for a Japanese social group in Zimbabwe.
DESIGN ISSUES
Magazine cover for design journal.
JACARANDA
Magazine cover for a Japanese social group in Zimbabwe.
KANDAYA
Book cover illustrating the story of an illusive guerilla fighter during the Zimbabwe liberation struggle.
JACARANDA
Magazine cover for a Japanese social group in Zimbabwe.
LARRY WATSON
CD Cover.
LARRY WATSON
CD Cover.
SHIFT-CTRL-EDUCATION
Poster promoting online education. Client: Massachusetts Colleges Online. 2003
SHIFT-CTRL-EDUCATION
Poster promoting online education. Client: Massachusetts Colleges Online. 2003
RESISTING TYRANNY
Logo to mark the centenary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer a remarkable German pastor who was executed by direct order of Hitler.
RESISTING TYRANNY
Logo to mark the centenary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer a remarkable German pastor who was executed by direct order of Hitler.
100% AFRICAN
Poster on Identity, Dignity and Solidarity.
100% AFRICAN
Poster on Identity, Dignity and Solidarity.
NGZ
Logo for National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
NGZ
Logo for National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
Identity campaign Tshirt for a global day of action in solidarity with the uprising in Iran.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
Identity campaign Tshirt for a global day of action in solidarity with the uprising in Iran.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
Identity campaign poster idea for a global day of action in solidarity with the people's of the world.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
Identity campaign poster idea for a global day of action in solidarity with the people's of the world.
LOSS
Image commissioned to raise funds to aid victims of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami disaster in Japan.
LOSS
Image commissioned to raise funds to aid victims of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami disaster in Japan.
INJUSTICE
Book cover.
INJUSTICE
Book cover.
FOOTPRINTS ABOUT THE BANTUSTAN
Book cover on African Poetry.
FOOTPRINTS ABOUT THE BANTUSTAN
Book cover on African Poetry.
YOUNG WORLD BOOKS
Imprint for a book publisher.
young world books
Imprint for a book publisher.
mzingeli
Imprint for a Publisher.
mzingeli
Imprint for Mzingeli Publisher.
peace mascot
For the 2018 Zimbabwe elections.
mzingeli
Imprint for Mzingeli Publisher.

curatorial

repressing expression

This cyberspace exhibition without boundaries was launched on Thursday 25th May, 2000 (Africa Day).  Displaying their solidarity and concern for Zimbabwe’s situation, a few graphic designers from around the world donated their skills and imagination to protest a proposed Zimbabwe special communications bill intended to intimidate all email & internet service providers by forcing them to allow the government to view ALL communications entering and leaving the country.

curatorial

sociographics

An exhibition of posters celebrating commonsense and social responsibility by the students of my poster class at the Massachusetts College of Art. This exhibition initially took place at the State House in Boston, April 12-16th, 2004.

These posters are intended to raise awareness, to call to action, to enlighten, to promote, and to inform.

curatorial

graphic imperative

International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment 1965-2005. Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. The first major exhibition I have a co-curated, this exhibition is a select retrospective of 40 years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy and tolerance, collectively providing a window to an age of great change.

Go to the Graphic Imperative Website

film

after the wax

© 1991 | 16mm Colour  | 17mins 20secs

Written, Directed & Produced by: Chaz Maviyane-Davies
Director of Photography: Tony Shearn
Editor: James Carew
Music: Juwon Ogungbe
Principal Actors: Nick Monu & Graig Lungu

Synopsis:
The poem of a dead man - using nationality to look back on the point of his life and human existence.  His plight is our plight.

Festivals & Awards:
Southern African Film Festival, Harare. 1993  (2 Awards: Best Director & Best Short Film)
Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany. 1993
1st ANIWA African Student Film Festival, Accra, Ghana. 1993 (Awarded  the ANIWA Trophy)
Tampere Film Festival, Finland. 1994
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Oslo, Norway. 1994

Shown on TV:
WDR Germany, Arte France & Channel 4 UK.