Through an interrogation of the impacts of contemporary technology, Maurice Mbikayi’s work seeks to consider the notions of origins and boundaries are manifest. First collecting discarded computer parts, he deconstructs and recontextualises these components into mixed-media collages and sculptures, combining them with other materials including fibre glass bandages and found objects. Some of Mbikayi’s sculptures are also used as costumes for public or recorded performances, making reference to sartorial fashion in Africa. In his photographs, the artist’s body acts as a ‘prosthetic Identity’, symbolically representing his experiences and anxieties about the virtual world as well as electronic waste, and the implications for human beings involved in mining and dumping in Africa.
Mbikayi’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); Basel, Switzerland (2012); Cape Town, South Africa (2011); and Toulouse, France (2011).