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 Goncalo Mabunda  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: Mozambique      Known for: weapon symbol sculpture, drawing

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BIOGRAPHY for Goncalo Mabunda
1954 (Mozambique)

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weapon symbol sculpture, drawing

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Gonçalo Mabunda works on the memory of his country, Mozambique, which emerged in 1995 from a long and bloody civil war started in the mid Seventies. With a childhood marked by the violence and absurdity of this war, Gonçalo Mabunda joined the studio Núcleo de Arte to take part, in 1998, in the project of transformation of the weapons retrieved at the end of the civil war into art objects. He gives AK 47s, rocket launchers, guns and other destruction objects an anthropomorphic shape.

This material reincarnation of violent instruments into aesthetic objects with an inoffensive appearance carries with it the account of the absurdity of the civil war that divided the country. The mechanics of deconstruction and reconstruction at work in Mabunda’s drawings are perceived through his thrones, the archetypal attributes of power, which earned him an international recognition. Made from weapons, these typically African tribal and clannish symbols are no doubt an ironic way for him to disregard the aberration of the civil war that had isolated his country for so long.
CMOOA (Compagnie Marocaine d’Oevres et Objects d’Art)

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