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Gonçalo Mabunda

Born in 1975, Maputo, Mozambique
Lives and works in Maputo



Gonçalo Mabunda’s work is devoted to the memory of his country. Having known as his immediate environment the tragic civil war, which devastated Mozambique from the mid 70s up to recently, he uses, weapons as the media for his pieces. 7 million weapons were stockpiled and hidden throughout the country. Here, art becomes a duty; that of remembering. He works at the studio Núcleo de Arte and in 1984, he takes part in the project Transformation of weapons in art.

Gonçalo has been recurrently working on the motif of the Throne for a few years, alluding to the Western world’s interest in collecting the Chief Throne in traditional ethnic African art. The Throne also criticizes current African governments that too often tragically manipulate armed violence as a way to strengthen their power. The striking and beautiful ‘objects’ he creates also convey, however, a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.

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PUBLICATIONS

African Stories

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

George Lilanga,

Albert Lubaki,

Gonçalo Mabunda

JP Mika,

Moke,

Gérard Quenum,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

Pathy Tshindele,

Billie Zangewa,

African Stories

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Author : André Magnin

2014

PRESS

Rabat célèbre

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Malick Sidibé


Rabat célèbre " L'Afrique en Capitale "

La nouvelle Tribune

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By Leila Ouazry

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08.03.2017

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda


Musée d'art contemporain à Marrakech: Blessures et résilience de l'Afrique

L'Economiste

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By Stéphanie JACOB

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21.02.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


La cité ocre se dote d'un Musée d'art contemporain africain

Le Matin Maroc

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By Mokhtar Grioute

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22.11.2016
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Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda


Art contemporain africain, c'est le moment d'acheter !

Le Figaro

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By Valérie Sasportas

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17.11.2016
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Gonçalo Mabunda


Gonçalo Mabunda's Beautiful Sculpture from Decommissioned Weapons

Africa Center Website
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08.06.2016
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Pierre Bodo,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Arts : les 100 Africains les mieux cotés

Jeune Afrique
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11.01.2016
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Gonçalo Mabunda


Lumières d'Afrique, Clap sur Gonçalo Mabunda le sculpteur mozambicain qui transforme les armes de g

Afrique sur scène
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26.11.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Seydou Keïta,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Les designers africains électrisent Bilbao

Le Monde Afrique

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By Véronique Lorelle

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23.11.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Omar Victor Diop,

Gonçalo Mabunda


La Fiac se dédouble

Diptyk

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By Emmanuelle Outtier

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21.10.2015
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Gonçalo Mabunda


10 Contemporary African Artists You Don't Know But Should

Huffington Post

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By Priscilla Frank

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20.10.2015
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Gonçalo Mabunda


Gonçalo Mabunda et la guerre civile mozambicaine recyclée

Le Monde

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By Adrien Barbier

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18.06.2015
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Gonçalo Mabunda


African Art Fair Crosses the Atlantic

The Art Newspaper
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15.05.2015
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Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


Seize artistes africains à la Biennale de Venise

Le Monde

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By Roxana Azimi

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17.03.2015
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Gonçalo Mabunda


Au Centre Pompidou, une contre-histoire de l'art

Le Monde

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By Philippe Dagen

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17.07.2014
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Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda


Londres accueille la première foire d'art contemporain africain organisée hors du continent

Jeune Afrique
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17.10.2013
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