Mabunda, Gonçalo
Born in 1975 in Maputo, Mozambique
Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique
Gonçalo Mabunda is interested in the collective memory of his country, Mozambique: a country whose long civil war remains ingrained in the memories of its inhabitants. In his sculptures he gives anthropomorphic form to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols and other objects of destruction, weapons that were recovered in 1992 at the end of a fifteen-year conflict that divided the region. The deactivated weapons of war carry strong political connotations, yet the compositions he creates also convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of Mozambique. Mabunda’s work was included in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design (2015–19: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; CCCB Barcelona; Kunsthal Rotterdam and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin).
Goncalo Mabunda, The Benevolent Throne, 2020, Mixed media, 135 x 95 x 60 cm. Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery.|Gonçalo Mabunda, Untitled (throne), 2017, Mixed media, 88 x 118 x 58 cm, 34 x 74 x 23 in. Courtesy Jack Bell Gallery