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Exhibition "Echoes" by Maurice Mbikayi - On tour in Southern Africa


This visual artist and cultural activist originally from DRC explores various aspects of visual art and public performance, as a way of engaging the public and interrogating socio-political boundaries. “I am...my experience, my life and the life of those around me...we had a home, a place that gave us our identity, now we are guests in your home...” The body of work is a metaphor that embodies and expresses the excruciating vulnerability of African working class, poor, women and children...... brothers and sisters and the litany of organized and random assaults tearing away at the tissue of their lives.


In my Africa;
Where life and dignity should be preserved and defended by those who have the power to determine and control governance and policy there is war for power, displacement and persecution – pawns with little or no value. Where for each person there should be joy, growth, security and justice there is rape, torture and personal catastrophe – ordinary dreams of life ripped asunder. Where our most notable capacity is the skill with which we turn on each other with precision, clarity and determination - my brother is my enemy. Where a white and gold Jabulani with erratic trajectory eroded all boundaries and differences between us...briefly.

If I was in my head we would discuss;
•    Unsustainable African regimes and policies.
•    Insecurity for and violence against the poor disempowered and displaced.
•    The cultural creation of identity and belonging.
•    Xenophobia, integration programmes for displaced persons.
•    Football and survival.
Mercifully... (Merci!) I am in my hand... not my head.




From 28 March: Alliance française of  Durban / 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban / 031 312 9585
From 9 May: Mbabane, Swaziland / Alliance française of Mbabane / Po Box A 266, Swazi Plaza, Mbabane / + 268 404 3667
From 6 June: Maputo, Mozambique / Centre Culturel Franco Mozambicain / CP 941 Maputo / + 258 21 31 4590
From 11 July: Johannesburg / Alliance française of Johannesburg / 17 Lower Park Drive, Cnr Kerry Road, Parkview / 011 646 1169

Presented with the support of the French cultural network in Southern Africa


About Maurice Mbikayi
Born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1974, Maurice Hermès Mbikayi attended the Academies des Beaux Arts and graduated with a diploma in Graphic Design and visual communication in 2000. He decided to expand his horizons and moved to South Africa in mid-2004. Having recently been one of the Spier Contemporary 2010 biennial selected artists; he was also nominated to participate in the 2010 Hollard Exchange Programme facilitated by the Spier Arts Academy in Cape Town.
Since arriving in South Africa, Maurice has participated in various group exhibitions as The AVA Gallery, The S.A.Iziko Slave Lodge, and the Harare International Festival of the Arts 2008 in Zimbabwe (HIFA 2008). Maurice has co-facilitated group processes and workshops and using art for therapeutic purposes within the broader community, Maurice explores various aspects of visual art and public performance, as a way of engaging the public and interrogating socio-political boundaries.

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