MAURICE MBIKAYI

MAURICE MBIKAYI
Born in 1974, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Mbikayi’s work deals with history and technology, 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 recontextualises 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 involved in mining and dumping in Africa.

Mbikayi’s work has been exhibited in various international Museums and Cultural Centers such as the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts of Michigan; the South Africa National Gallery; the Association of Visual Arts on Cape Town; the Centre Culturel des Mazades of Toulouse, France; and the Alliance Française of Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Maurice Mbikayi is also a member of the Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI) and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).

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