ABU BAKARR MANSARAY

Ebola Virus Missile Industry, 2017

Inkjet Print printed on Bright White Hahnemühle 310g on Epson.

Signed by the artist and numbered by Collectionair, on a label affixed to the reverse of the print.

40 x 60 cm.

Edition of 50.

 

This work is also available as part of Shape Shifters Portfolio, produced by Collectionair and Magnin-A.

$450
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ABU BAKARR MANSARAY

Born 1970, Tongo, Sierra Leone. Lives and works in Freetown,Sierra Leone. After leaving school in 1987,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray settled in Freetown, where he became a voracious autodidact, studying all aspects of practical science and engineering. He revived a technique for manufacturing decorative objects or toys out of wire and iron, a practice especially popular in central Africa. Mansaray applied an extreme form of this technique to build futuristic machines for extravagant purposes, creating contraptions that could produce fire, light, air, water, cold, motion, and sound. “I am an artist making creations without limitations. I make drawings, paintings, sculptures… I also invent machines for my own use at home and sometimes for other people,” he has proclaimed.

Mansaray’s preparatory drawings also stand as independent artworks. These studies consist of detailed calculations, sketches, diagrams, and commentaries executed in pencil, ballpoint pen, and crayons. No doubt the economic, political and social situation in Sierra Leone, a country where war has left behind nothing but ruins and charred bodies, has shaped Mansaray’s imagination and the inspiration. In 1998 he managed to escape hiscountry under extremely difficultcircumstances; however, his work continues to bear witness to the horrors of war.

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