Pirate Man, 2016

Recycled iron weapons of the civil war.

53 x 36 x 18 cm.

Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity.

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"Mabunda’s “gun throne” sculptures were exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, making him the first Mozambican artist to ever be featured in the cross-national exhibition."

The work, says Mabunda, is "trying to represent each [person] who died with this same material." At the same time, the creation of each piece has a very practical consequence. "If we destroy the weapons, the same weapon's not going to kill any more," he said.

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Born in: West Africa

Gonçalo Mabunda (Maputo, Mozambique, 1975) is among the most prominent contemporary African artists whose works have been featured in auctions and galleries worldwide. Mabunda is known for granting anthropomorphic life to weapons of war in his sculptures. The aesthetic of his work draws influence from such avant-gardists as Jean Dubuffet and Georges Braque, though his practice is fundamentally rooted in the study of Mozambique's political history. After the civil war that ended in 1992, Mabunda's home country was replete with an abundance of defunct military equipment. By disassembling guns, mines, and other objects meant to kill, and repurposing them as art, Mabunda produces life from death in a metaphorical, yet direct sense. He was selected by Okwui Enwezor to exhibit in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the prestigious Venice Biennale, entitled "All the World's Futures".


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