Mupia Mupia is organised by Gallery Momo (Johannesburg) and will be on view in the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Dakar. The exhibition is open from May 3rd – June 2nd 2018 from 10h to 17h. The artist will be present.
“In representing myself as a Techno Dandy I attempt to engage in the process of a ‘mobility of blackness’ and therefore convey ideas of the body as a vehicle that reinvents and transforms blackness, not only the black body as such, but Africa in general, metaphorically seen as a body that is representative of futuristic ideas of blackness. Because Africa is changing, the way I use e-waste in my work can be seen as a proposal of those futuristic ideas.
The Techno Dandy is a concept that expresses rebirth, linking the past, present and future: from a techno trash man, exposed to e-waste dangers, to a techno dandy – from waste to style. It draws from divers ideologies to represent similar personas, and to subtly insert a mark of resistance against race, technology and capitalism’s existential crisis in Africa.
My work draws on various ideologies related to African-style, technology and fashion to represent similar personalities. This subtly inserts a mark of resistance against racism, technological realities and the existential crisis of capitalism in Africa.” – Maurice Mbikayi
Fondation Friedrich Naumann pour la Liberté Afrique de l’Ouest
48, rue Léon Gontran Damas, Dakar