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THE YOUNG MAN OF HORUS, Welding on metal and weapons, 92X54X20Cm, 2018
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THE LAYER CENTRALIZER, Welding on metal and weapons, 132X60X18 Cm, 2018
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THE TRAVELER OF THE NEW TIME, Welding on metal and weapons, 120X92X12 Cm, 2019
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THE PURSUER OF FEAR, Welding on metal and weapons, 72X50X18 Cm, 2018
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THE GESTURAL BOY, Weldingand metal, 108X44X18 Cm, 2018
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THE USED DEAF PERSON, Welding on metal andweapons, 62X52X28 Cm, 2018
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THE OWNER OF THE BLUE LIGHT, Welding on metal and weapons, 118X80X18 Cm, 2019
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THE MANAGER OF THE OTHER, Welding on metal and weapons 108 X70X20 Cm, 2019
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THE ABSOLUST IST, Welding on metal and weapons, 132 X 78 X 16 Cm, 2019
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THE POETF THE UNKNON SUCCESS, Welding on metal and weapons, 92X74X24 Cm, 2019
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THE MANOF THE NEW ORBIT, Welding on metal and weapons, 96X62X24 Cm, 2019
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OTHE OWNER OF THE NEW LOOKS, Soldering on obsolete milers metal 60 × 65 × 10 cm, 2018
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THE PRODUCER OF THE IMAGES,Welding on metal and weapons, 84X64X28 Cm, 2018
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THE YOUNG MAN.WITH HIS RIGHTS CUT, Welding on metal and weapons, 76X56X22 Cm, 2018

Gonçalo Mabunda

GONÇALO MABUNDA

Born in 1975, Maputo, Mozambique, Mabunda is interested in the collective memory of his country, which has only recently emerged from a long and terrible civil war. It works with the weapons recovered in 1992, at the end of the conflict of sixteen years that divided the region.

In his sculptures he gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols and other objects of destruction. While masks may be said to be based on a local history of traditional African art, Mabunda’s work takes on an impressive modernist advantage resembling the Braque and Picasso images. Deactivated weapons of war carry strong political connotations, but the beautiful objects he creates also convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civil societies.

Mabunda is best known for his thrones, which he claims function as attributes of power, tribal symbols and traditional pieces of African ethnic art. Are an ironic way of commenting on his childhood experience of violence and the absurdity of the civil war that has isolated his country for a long time.

His work has already been presented at the Venice Biennale, Kunst Palast Museum, Dusseldorf, Hayward Gallery in London, Pompidou in Paris, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Mori Art Museum, Vitra Design Museum, Germany, Tokyo and in various art fairs such as: 1-54 Conteporary African Art Fair, Cape Town Art Fair, FNB Joburg Art Fair or ARTISSIMA.

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