Maurice Mbikayi, Ndoto Ya Baba (The Dream of a Mute), 2016, C-print. 200 x 90 cm. Courtesy Gallery MOMO
Maurice Mbikayi, Ndoto Ya Baba (The Dream of a Mute), 2016, C-print. 200 x 90 cm. Courtesy Gallery MOMO  

Mbikayi’s work unpacks the ways in which the technological advancement of the last twenty years has both positively and negatively affected the world. Its reliance on mining for resources, for instance, has made Africa and its people vulnerable to low-wage labour abuse as well as a range of other factors beyond their control, as dictated by international economic markets. He collects remnants of this rapidly developing technology and incorporates them into his work. Mbikayi collects what he refers to as ‘remnants’ – discarded computer parts and detritus – incorporating them into his collages, drawings, sculptures and performances. Some of Mbikayi’s sculptures are made wearable, becoming outfits for public or filmed performances.

Mbikayi was nominated for the Luxembourg Art Prize in 2016. His works have been widely presented in exhibitions at Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg (2016); the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids (2014); Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2015) and Centre Culturel – Théâtre des Mazades, Toulouse (2011).