Organized in a unique setting in the heart of Zurich, AKKA Project is pleased to present works by two artists from Africa:
Gonçalo Mabunda, Mozambique
Teddy Mitchener, Kenya
Gonçalo Mabunda, born in 1975 in Mozambique and currently based in Maputo, gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols, and other objects of destruction. His work takes on a striking Modernist edge akin to imagery by Braque and Picasso. The deactivated weapons carry strong political connotations and convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.
Teddy Mitchener was born in 1972 in Washington DC and he is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his series “Disappearing Africa” he witness and represent the erosion and domination of African people, the death of originality, the death of authenticity and the cheapening of information and communication; the slow erosion of our own true African selves and what held for millennia is slowly passing away in the face of modernization, and with the least amount of resistance. This creative concept was birthed during a photo-shoot of the ethnographic collection of African masks at the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, and is presented to showcase conceptually, the cultural erosion that we are witnessing among the so-called millennials and within the public discourse.