Gonçalo Mabunda: The Chronicler’s Throne

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Gonçalo Mabunda: The Chronicler’s Throne

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Gonçalo Mabunda: The Chronicler’s Throne
to Fri 1 Jul 2022
By Appointment

Jack Bell Gallery presents a body of new sculptures by Gonçalo Mabunda. For the artist’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery, Mabunda draws on the collective memory of his country, Mozambique, which has only recently emerged from a long and terrible civil war. He works with arms recovered in 1992 at the end of the sixteen-year conflict that divided the region.

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The heir tô the clouds, 2021

Mixed media
49 x 19 x 119 cm 19 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 46 7/8 in

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The owner of the place, 2021

Mixed media

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The think of sequencies, 2021

Mixed media

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The night living, 2021

Mixed media

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The jazz pianist, 2021

Mixed media

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The obrasse make, 2021

Mixed media

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The catalyst, 2021

Mixed media

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The serious and the moments, 2021

Mixed media

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The sovereign and liberty, 2021

Mixed media

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The outside of the Arivaldos, 2021

Mixed media

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The night illuminator, 2021

Mixed media

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The nonconformist, 2021

Mixed media
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The chronicler's throne, 2021

Mixed media
104 x 69 x 101 cm 41 x 27 1/8 x 39 3/4 in

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Throne: waiting doesn't mean agreeing, 2021

Mixed media
88 x 66 x 140 cm 34 5/8 x 26 x 55 1/8 in

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The throne of hopeless and uncertainty, 2021

Mixed media
156 x 60 x 115 cm 61 3/8 x 23 5/8 x 45 1/4 in

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The throne of NO LIES, 2021

Mixed media
119 x 66 x 124 cm 46 7/8 x 26 x 48 7/8 in

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The smooth walker, 2021

Mixed media
109 x 90 x 138 cm 42 7/8 x 35 3/8 x 54 3/8 in

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The unstoppable, 2021

Mixed media
135 x 87 x 141 cm 53 1/8 x 34 1/4 x 55 1/2 in

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The catalyst throne, 2021

Mixed media
111 x 67 x 141 cm 43 3/4 x 26 3/8 x 55 1/2 in

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In his sculpture, he gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols and other objects of destruction. While the masks could be said to draw on a local history of traditional African art, Mabunda’s work takes on a striking Modernist edge akin to imagery by Braque and Picasso. The deactivated weapons of war carry strong political connotations, yet the beautiful objects he creates also convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.

Mabunda is most well known for his thrones. According to the artist, the thrones function as attributes of power, tribal symbols and traditional pieces of ethnic African art. They are without a doubt an ironic way of commenting on his childhood experience of violence and absurdity and the civil war in Mozambique that isolated his country for a long period.

Mabunda was born in 1975, in Maputo, Mozambique. Recent exhibitions include the Gangwon International Biennale, South Korea; ‘All the World’s Futures’ at the Venice Biennale; ‘Making Africa’ at the Vitra Museum, Germany and ‘Africa Now: Political Patterns’ at the Seoul Museum ofArt among others. His work has been acquired by the Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Bell Gallery, London


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