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Untiled (throne), 2017

Decommissioned arms
51 1/5 × 37 2/5 × 29 9/10 in
130 × 95 × 76 cm
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London
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Gonçalo Mabunda
Mozambican, b. 1975
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Though aesthetically influenced by such European avant-gardists as Georges Braque and Jean Dubuffet, Gonçalo Mabunda’s artistic practice is ultimately devoted to the study of the political history of Mozambique. After a decade-long fight for independence from Portugal and subsequent 16-year-long civil war that ended in 1992, Mabunda’s home country was left with an abundance of defunct machine guns, mines, and other military equipment. Spinning these objects into sculptures that evoke both Western modernism and African tradition, the artist effectively strips them of their killing power. His signature works—metal thrones made of old guns—are meant to evoke and undermine the power of violent political leaders.

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Gonçalo Mabunda
Mozambican, b. 1975
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Though aesthetically influenced by such European avant-gardists as Georges Braque and Jean Dubuffet, Gonçalo Mabunda’s artistic practice is ultimately devoted to the study of the political history of Mozambique. After a decade-long fight for independence from Portugal and subsequent 16-year-long civil war that ended in 1992, Mabunda’s home country was left with an abundance of defunct machine guns, mines, and other military equipment. Spinning these objects into sculptures that evoke both Western modernism and African tradition, the artist effectively strips them of their killing power. His signature works—metal thrones made of old guns—are meant to evoke and undermine the power of violent political leaders.

Untiled (throne), 2017

Decommissioned arms
51 1/5 × 37 2/5 × 29 9/10 in
130 × 95 × 76 cm
Unique
Contact For Price
Location
London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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