Maurice Mbikayi’s work deals with history, technology and ecology, the impacts of contemporary technology on humanity.
He refers to his own experiences and developments of fashion and access to information technology in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He collects discarded computer parts, deconstructs and recontextualizes them into mixed media collages and sculptures, combining them with other materials including fiberglass bandages and found objects. In his photographs, his body acts as a ‘prosthetic Identity’, symbolically representing his experiences and anxieties about the virtual world as well as electronic waste, and the implications for human beings and ecology involved in mining and dumping in Africa.
He graduated in Graphic Design and Visual communication from the Academies des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa and holds an MA Fine Arts degree (with distinction) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Mbikayi’s work has recently been acquired by The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Pérez Art Museum in Miami. His work has been exhibited in various institutions such as the Kunsthalle Tübingen Stiftung in Germany; Middelheim Museum in Belgium; the World Bank (the World Bank Art Program) in Washington DC; the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts of Michigan; Kunsthaus Graz in Austria; Iwalewahaus Bayreuth; Musée Royal de l'Afrique centrale, Tervuren in Belgium; the South Africa National Gallery; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the Alliance Française of Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Mbikayi lives and works in Cape Town, SA.
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Special thanks to Edo Ndeke from Demif Gallery to help us bridge the gap between South Africa and London