London

Patrick Bongoy
Born 1980 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Patrick Bongoy explores themes of migration, displacement, and the enormous human cost involved in the struggle for natural resources. Bongoy produces his works from recycled rubber strips, evoking dark narratives. Although a resident of South Africa, the artist continually refers to his hometown of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in his work. He also explores broad themes of alienation through migration and loss of homeland, as well as the resulting effects on identity. In particular, he examines the specific aspects of dehumanisation that occur when communities are plagued by toxic historical narratives, sociopolitical violations, and rapidly degrading physical environments.
Patrick Bongoy, PARODY 2, 2021, Found inner rubber tubes, 250 x 300 x 10 cm. Courtesy of THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE.

Artists 2022