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Gonçalo Mabunda





Born in 1975, Maputo, Mozambique.
Lives and works in Maputo.

Gonçalo Mabunda was born in 1975, in Maputo, during the civil war in Mozambique (1975 -1992). Having been a witness to this violence during his childhood, he first took part in the social reconstruction of his country by working on a project whose mission was to exchange weapons for farming tools. Later, he decided to become a memory artist.

In 1998, he became a messenger for the Nucleo studio, an art collective made up of a group of seven young sculptors and the epicenter of art in Maputo. There he met a South African sculptor, Andries Botha, who he followed to Durban for several months in order to complete his metal and bronze work training. When he returned to Mozambique, he joined the project Arms into Art, a project run by a Mozambican Christian organization that transforms weapons into art pieces.

A self-taught artist with a mission to denounce the absurdity of war, he uses old and abandoned weaponry that he transforms to create thrones, masks and totems. Kalashnikovs, rockets, guns and bullets decorate his creations.

His work is exhibited in numerous museums around the world, including the Centre Pompidou, during the famous Africa Remix exhibition in 2005, the Museum of Art and Design, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Museum of Maputo in Mozambique and the Vatican Museum. His work also features in many collections, including one of his works that adorns former US President Bill Clinton’s office.

(source: African Lights)


www.goncalo-mabunda.com



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Transformations, Renaud Riley Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

The Messenger, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

Cap Town Art Fair, Cap Town, South Africa

2017
Gonçalo Mabunda Emperor of the Sands, Jack Bell Gallery, London, England

O Aceitador do Medo, Museum Abilio de Mattos e Silva, International Festival of Literature, Obidos, Portugal

2016
Jack Bell Gallery, London, England

2015
1:54, Contemporary African Art fair, New-York, USA

Gonçalo Mabunda : Game of thrones, Galerie du passage de Pierre Passebon, Paris, France

2013
Gonçalo Mabunda : When I get green, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2012
Gonçalo Mabunda, New Works, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2011
New Work, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2008
My New Voice, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005
Give Voice, Galleria d’Arte La Nuvola, Rome, Italy

2004
Arms into Art, Alliance Française, Tanzania, Mauritius Islands, Kenya, Ethiopia, South
Africa, Burundi, Namibia, Uganda, Army Museum, Delft, Netherlands

2000
An Artist, a Gesture, Nucleo de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
L'Un et l'Autre, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2017
A Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, England

Gaia à travers ses miroirs, Villa des Arts, Rabbat, Morocco (for the event L'Afrique en Capitale)

E-Mois, MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco

Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2016
Unter Waffen. Fire and Forget 2, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

Lumières d'Afriques, Donwahi Foundation, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2015
Lumières d'Afrique, Chaillot Theater
OFFICIELLE-FIAC, Paris, France

1:54, Contemporary African Art Fair, London, England

1:54, Contemporary African Art Fair, New-York, USA

All The World's Futures, The Venice Biennale, Italy

2014
Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Ici l’Afrique/Here Africa - L’Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes, Musée des Suisses dans le Monde,Château de Penthes, Pregny-Chambésy, Switzerland

2011
New Work, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

Art Paris ArtFair, Grand Palais, Magnin-­A, Paris, France

2010
African Stories, Ancienne Banque du Maroc, Magnin-­‐A, Marrakech, Morocco

2008
Second Lives, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

My New Voice, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007
Afronism, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Brothers in arms, Nùcleo de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique

2005
Give Voice, Galleria d’Arte La Nuvola, Rome, Italy

2004
Africa Remix

Arms into Art, Alliance Française, Tanzania, Mauritius Islands, Kenya, Ethiopia, South
Africa, Burundi, Namibia, Uganda, Army Museum, Delft, Netherlands

2000
An Artist, a Gesture, Nucleo de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique


SELECTED BIOGRAPHY

2015
Amelie Klein, Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum catalogue, pg. 294-295