GONÇALO MABUNDA HIGHLIGHTED ON CNN’S INSIDE AFRICA: FROM WEAPONS OF WAR TO ART

Tuesday 08 November 2011
Gonçalo Mabunda working in his studio © AAD
Gonçalo Mabunda working in his studio © AAD
Gonçalo Mabunda working in his studio © AAD
Gonçalo Mabunda working in his studio © AAD
Gonçalo Mabunda with President Bill Clinton at the 2008 CGI © CGI
Gonçalo Mabunda with President Bill Clinton at the 2008 CGI © CGI
2008 CGI trophy © AAD
2008 CGI trophy © AAD
"African Tribe Chair" © AAD

Longtime AAD partnering artist Gonçalo Mabunda was recently highlighted on CNN’s Inside Africa.  Born in 1975 and based in Maputo, Mozambique, Gonçalo has been using desactivated weapons from the Mozambican civil war for his art since the late 1990’s.  These weapons include old guns, bullets, landmines, and other arms from the civil war that took place between 1977 and 1992.

 

Amongst his most famous works includes the “African Tribe Chair”.  The chair is inspired by african ethnic traditions and represents a critic of the various governments within africa who often manipulate armed conflict to reinforce their own power.

 

In 2008, Gonçalo created the awards for that years Clinton Global Initiative from shell casings.  AAD is a member of the CGI and in 2008 had asked to Gonçalo to create the awards for the annual meeting.

 

Inside Africa is a weekly half-hour program that highlights various personalities by providing insight into the diverse economic, social, and cultural trends that help define Africa beyond traditional headlines.

 

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