Gonçalo Mabunda

Interested in the collective memory of his country, Gonçalo Mabunda works with weapons recovered after the long and terrible civil war that over sixteen years divided the region.

Through sculpture, it gives anthropomorphic forms to deactivated war material.

Their masks, based on the local history of African traditional art, assume a remarkable modernist aesthetic, comparable to the images produced by Braque or Picasso, and the imposing thrones - artifacts, traditionally connoted as attributes of power - contain

a critical and ironic reflection on the Personal experience of childhood life violence and the civil war that has isolated Mozambique for a long time.

The weapons used in their production carry a strong political connotation, but the objects created convey a reflection on the transformative power of art, on the resilience and creativity of African civil societies.

1975 -
Nationality: Mozambique
Residence: Mozambique