Gonçalo Mabunda, ‘War Throne ’, 2014, Ethan Cohen New York

About Gonçalo Mabunda

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.

Mozambican, b. 1975, Maputo, Mozambique, based in Maputo, Mozambique

Fair History on Artsy

2016
Magnin-A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2016
2015
Magnin-A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2015
2015
Magnin A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2015