Maurice Mbikayi: Mupia – Mupia
Fondation Friedrich Naumann, Dakar, Senegal03 May 2018 - 02 Jun 2018
Mupia Mupia is organised by Gallery Momo (Johannesburg) and will be on view in the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Dakar. The exhibition is open from May 3rd – June 2nd 2018 from 10h to 17h. The artist will be present.
« In representing myself as a Techno Dandy I attempt to engage in the process of a ‘mobility of blackness’ and therefore convey ideas of the body as a vehicle that reinvents and transforms blackness, not only the black body as such, but Africa in general, metaphorically seen as a body that is representative of futuristic ideas of blackness. Because Africa is changing, the way I use e-waste in my work can be seen as a proposal of those futuristic ideas.
The Techno Dandy is a concept that expresses rebirth, linking the past, present and future: from a techno trash man, exposed to e-waste dangers, to a techno dandy – from waste to style. It draws from divers ideologies to represent similar personas, and to subtly insert a mark of resistance against race, technology and capitalism’s existential crisis in Africa.
My work draws on various ideologies related to African-style, technology and fashion to represent similar personalities. This subtly inserts a mark of resistance against racism, technological realities and the existential crisis of capitalism in Africa. » – Maurice Mbikayi
Fondation Friedrich Naumann pour la Liberté Afrique de l’Ouest
48, rue Léon Gontran Damas, Dakar