1975 born in Maputo, Mozambique
The residual bric-a-brac of war are the found objects that Goncalo Mabunda recycles as his medium of expression. His country of Mozambique, like many in Africa, had lived through a devastating civil war when he embarked on gathering shards of national memory in the form of discarded weapons fragments, piecing them together into sculptures. Out of that he forged a fantastical iconography derived from African fetish traditions rendered in rusting steel. He welds together menacing instruments of death, bullets, pistols, parts of Kalashnikovs, into disarming objects, deceptively esthetic, fused to suggest a multiplicity of meanings, not least to suggest alternate uses, and indeed alternate visions of how his culture might have otherwise employed itself with ambient materials. The objects simultaneously invite and repel, obtruding from the universe of child soldiers whose toys they once were.