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.
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France The Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Public Art Norway, Norway The province Government, Norway Army Museum, Netherlands Army Museum, Sweden Vatican Museums, Vatican Projustitiae Fundation, Portugal International Sculpture Park, China National Museum of Uruguay, Uruguay Tempietto del Carmelo, Italy Museum of Saint Etienne, France Musée international des arts modestes,France Memorial de Caen, France National Museum, Mozambique Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), USA Brooklyn Museum, USA Parque da Davesa (Famalicao),Portugal African Artists for Development, France Victoria and Albert Museum (Purchase Grants fund), GB