Patrick Bongoy

b. 1980, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Patrick Bongoy’s sculptural works use discarded materials, such as rubber and industrial packaging, reflecting on the degradation of the earth’s natural resources, and those directly affected by and forced to improvise within this continued destruction and pollution.

Artist Statement


My work speaks in response to the global reality of literal and figurative environmental pollution. This encompasses the entire spectrum from the erosion of economic viability for people, socio- cultural decay impacting on community and individual behaviour and natural rural and urban landscape.

I draw on the history of my roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the irony of contemporary urban degradation masked as development.

Through the recovery of waste materials such as inner tubes from vehicle tyres, industrial packaging and textiles combined with my use of paint and African fabric, I repurpose and reinterpret what others discard. Beyond the intentional recycling element of this process, the visual concepts I explore surface a range of the pertinent issues. Additional sculpted objects are superimposed on these layered backgrounds, which I create as a foundational canvas. This is also a visual referencing of some of the many laborious tasks undertaken by women in my country, in order to make ends meet.

I try to understand how the deterioration of natural and urban settings mirrors the visible rotting, displayed in the behaviour and habits of the population. Deprivation evidently continues to recreate further misery and desperation.

Although my work reflects a kind of beauty, it also describes the destruction of a place and a people where ethical values have been poisoned or fallen away, infecting human morality and dignity. The aftermath of several violent conflicts has created a nightmarish atmosphere where people relive those moments in an extreme state of vulnerability and resignation to this state of affairs.

My painted figures, always in silhouette, with their deformed limbs and precarious stances, twist and turn in such spaces. They evoke a sense of uncontrolled or dynamic movement captured in a disjointed moment, as if their bodies are mid-execution of a questionable act.
However, the internal versus external appearances and perspectives – what is seen in contrast to what is understood, becomes the site of re-imagination and unforeseen possibilities.

Art Education


2009: Bachelor of Art (BA), Fine Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Kinshasa.
2005: State Diploma, Institute of Fine Arts, Kinshasa.

Solo Exhibitions (DR Congo and South Africa)


2019: Matter, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg.
2019: Remains, Association of Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
2017: Where are we? Where are we going?, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2012: BA Paper Collection, Cultural Center Muikka Theatre, Kinshasa
2012: BINGOTO, SADI collective space, Kinshasa.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)


2019: Tomorrow, there will be more of us, The Stellenbosch Triennale, Woodmill Lifestyle Centre, Stellenbosch.
2018: Feso: A Thorn In The Flesh, (with Ronald Muchatuta), EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2018: Cape To Tehran, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town; Johannesburg.
2018: Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2017: EBONY/CURATED booth, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town.
2016: What is the matter, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2016: That Art Fair, Cape Town.
2015: EBONY/CURATED, Franschoek, Cape Town.
2015: Présence Congolaise, Alliance Française, Cape Town.
2013: Fashion show, Central library, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)


2019: Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, THK Gallery, Istanbul.
2018: EXPO Chicago, (with Gallery MOMO), Chicago.
2017: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Nando’s & Spier Arts Trust, London.
2017: Feast Your Eyes, Nando’s UK, London.
2012: Plural Dimension, Center Wallonia-Brussels, Brussels.

Workshops and Performances


2013: Article 15, (performance with Maurice Mbikayi), Symposium, University of Cape Town.
2012: Paper clothing design and construction, BA Paper Collection, Cultural Center Muikka Theatre, Kinshasa.
2012: Volunteer, Creative workshop for disadvantaged children and child victims of war, Foundation Star of Congo (FONECO), SADI collective space, Kinshasa.
2012: Workshop, Westerly wind (with playwright & filmmaker Kap’s Kapambu), SADI collective space, Kinshasa.
2012: Photography Workshop, (with Roël Jacobs), Kinshasa Académie of Fine Art, Kinshasa.
2011: The awakening of consciousness, performance, 24 November street, Kinshasa
2011: Performance, (with SADI collective), SADI collective space, Kinshasa.
2011: Residency, SADI collective space, Kinshasa.

Collections


Nando's UK.
Nando's South Africa.
SADI Collectif, DR Congo.

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Zemba Luzamba

Zemba Luzamba

b. 1973, Lubumbashi; Lives in Cape Town.
Luzamba’s paintings have covered as much ground as he has travelled. Starting with works chronicling the hardships experienced by migrants, Luzamba went on to produce vivid images of the leisure spaces occupied by these communities. As well as this, his works reflect on power relations arising through gender and social class, and Congolese histories – both grand narratives, and the conditions of ordinary life.

 
It Is What It Is – Ebony Gallery, Cape Town 2015. Exhibition catalogue.

 


 

Migrant Perspectives: The Art of Zemba Luzamba – essay by Mario Pissarra

 

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.

 

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.

 

“Zemba Luzamba merges images with ideas”, CNN African voices, 2018

Art Education


1993: Institut Technique d’Art Plastique (ITAP), Democratic Republic of Congo.
1994 - 1998: Diploma, Fine Art, Evelyn Home College of Applied Art & Commerce, Lusaka.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)


2014: Exhibition, EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town.
2013: La Sape, Association of Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2004: Exhibition, Association for Visual Art Gallery, Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions (International)


2005: Hope for Refugees, Rome.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)


2019: A Smaller Scale, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2019: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2018: The Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2017: From the Horse’s Mouth, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2016: Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, Durban.
2015: EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town.
2013: Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2013: Association for Visual Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: Soul of Africa, Development Bank of South Africa, Johannesburg.
2007: africa south, Association for Visual Art (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: Blank Projects, Cape Town.
2007: Sanlam Gallery. Baxter Theatre, Cape Town.
2006: A Journey Together, Voyage Ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.
2006: Picasso and Africa, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.
2005: Il Pezo Politico Dei Migranti, Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town.
2003: Xenophobia, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)


2019: AKAA (Also Known As Africa), Art and Design Fair, Paris.
2013: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
2011: Art for Africa Auction, Sotheby’s, New York.
2008: Harare International Festival of Arts, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.
2005: Il Pezo Politico Dei Migranti, Santa Mostre Sangallo, Piacenza.
1996: P.E.L (Agricultural company art patron), Lusaka.
1995: Visual Art Council, Lusaka.

Publications


2010: Mario Pissarra, 'Migrant Perspectives: The Art of Zemba Luzamba', Critical Interventions, 4:1, 102 - 107.
2005: South African Art Diary.

Commissions


2009: Nandos, London.
2002: New Royal Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi.

Collections


Cultures Inc., California.
Scalabrini House (Bassano Del Grappa), Cape Town.
Nandos, London.
Private collections: Italy, United States of America, South Africa.

Links

Khanyisile Mawhayi, Zemba Luzamba: Postcolonial identities in motion(ASAI, 2021)

Kirsty Cockerill, Dress Code: the politics of dress, oppression and self-determination in the works of Zemba Luzamba, (ASAI, 2019).

Maurice Mbikayi

b. 1974, Kinshasa, DR Congo; lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Maurice Mbikayi is a multimedia artist, working in sculpture, installation, performance and photography. Mbikayi skillfully integrates digital debris with political themes, foregrounding the problems of Africa’s continued exploitation for the progress of the global tech industry. By repurposing tech waste into sculpture, Mbikayi highlights the underbelly of ‘advancement’ – exploitation of Black mining labour, environmental damage and systemic health risks.

A Creative Exchange

Getting under our skinSuzy Bell, Cape Times January 21, 2011

Maurice Mbikayi Art South Africa 2011

Maurice Mbikayi: The Creative Exchange

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.
 
 

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2006

 


Arts Education


2015: Master of Fine Art with distinction, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
2009: Higher Certificate in Photography, Vega Brand Communication School, Cape Town.
2000: Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Institut des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa.
1994: Diploma in Fine Art, Institut des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)


2019: Coucou Crumble, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town.
2016: Mupia-Mupia, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg.
2011: Notre Peau, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town; Centre for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town; Villa Arcadia, Johannesburg.
2010: Echoes, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.
2007: Maurice Mbikayi, The Framery Gallery, Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions (International)


2018: Mupia-Mupia, Fondation Friedrich Naumann, Dakar.
2018: Masks Of Heterotopia, Officine dell’Immagine, Milan.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)


2019: Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday…, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.
2016: Paradoxal Stranger, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town.
2016: Troubled Land, Iziko South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town.
2015: On Entropy and Becoming, AVA Gallery, Cape Town; Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.
2011: Thinking Africa and the Diaspora Differently, Centre for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town.
2010: reasons to live in a small town, Goethe on Main Gallery, Johannesburg.
2010: Amani Festival, LookOut Hill, Cape Town.
2009: Artreach in progress, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2008: Soul of Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.
2007: Human Rights Day, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town.
2007: Reconciliation Day, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town.
2007: Group Exhibition, Blank Projects, Cape Town.
2007: X-Cape Circuit, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
2006: A Response to Picasso and Africa, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.
2006: A journey together, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.
2006: Portrait, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)


2019: Face with Tears of Joy, Blitz, Malta.
2019: Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg; Kër Thiossane, Dakar; ZKM, Karlsruhe.
2018: Congo Stars, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz.
2018: ON/OFF, Casa Victor Hugo, Havana; 17 Biennale De Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi.
2018: YOUNG CONGO, Kin ArtStudio, Kinshasa.
2018: Urban Axis / Another Antipodes, PS Art Space, Freemantle.
2018: WE CALL IT “AFRICA”, Artists From Sub-Saharan Africa, Officine dell’Immagine, Milan.
2014: Art of the Lived Experiment, The Bluecoat School Lane, Liverpool; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan.
2012: Window Exhibition/ Traces at Dock, Basel.
2011: Celeste Prize Finalists Exhibition & Awards, The Invisible Dog, New York City.
2010: AFRIKA SUR L’ÉVENEMENT POÉTIQUE, Centre Culturel des Mazades, Toulouse.
2008: The art of determination, Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.

Performances


2010: Voices, Spier Contemporary 2010 Biennale, City Hall, Cape Town.
2010: Minky Mwendo (Distant relationships), Mullineux Wine Cellar, Cape Town.
2010: Healing (with Lodi Paul Inga), Khayelitsha Festival of Cultural Diversity, Cape Town.
2008: Talking Heads (with Magdelena Kunz and Daniel Glaser), Pro Helvetia, Cape Town.

Collections


The Development Bank of South Africa, Midrand.
Hollard Corporate, Johannesburg.
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Scheryn Art Collection, Cape Town.
Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio.
Yellowwoods Art, Cape Town.

Publications


2011: Business Art South Africa, July 27, p. 6. SA Art Times, February, p. 28. What’s on in Cape Town, Mail and Guardian, January 28 to February 3, p. 3. Cape Times, January 21
2010: Ruth Simbao, Cosmolocalism: The audacity of place, CCA Lagos Newsletter, no. 10, September-December. Jay Pather (ed.), Spier Contemporary 2010, Africa Center, Cape Town
2010 Sean O’Toole, Parting shot, Sunday Times, March 28. Art South Africa, Winter, vol. 8, issue 4
2007 Andrew Mulenga, Artistically brushing out xenophobia in SA, Weekend Post, November 30

Awards


2010-2011: The Hollard Creative Exchange Programme, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
2007: Best group proposal, Table Mountain Cable Way Station Award, Cape Town.

Other


2010: Up and Down with Steve Bandoma (research project from '2010 Reasons to live in small town'), VANSA, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
2010: Performance Arts Workshop (with Spier Contemporary), Hiddingh Hall, Cape Town.
2010: Portrait (film documentary for Red Cross Exchange programme), Cape Town.
2010: Stroke of genius (workshop facilitator), Department of Sport and Cultural Affairs & Department of Trade and Industry, Cape Town.
2009: Facilitator at Art therapy workshop for adolecents and elderly, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Cape Town.
2009: Facilitator at Art therapy workshop for women with HIV/AIDS, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Cape Town.
2009: Facilitator at Art therapy workshop for children, Lawrence House Shelter, Cape Town.
2007: Educational youth programmes with Kathy Coates (a series of mixed media installations), Annexe at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: The art of dissent (a film documentary with Lionel Davis, Jonathan Zapiro, Ruth Carneson), Cape Town.
2006-2007: Multimediations, Cape Africa Platform (with City Varsity), Cape Town.
2006: Facilitator at Art therapy workshop for refugee women and children, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.

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