Drawings, installations, sculptures.
MATERIALS / MEDIA
Paper, ink, found objects.
Science, mechanics, social issues.
”Self-taught artist and scientist, Katambayi Mukendi is also impassioned by technology, mechanics, geometry, and electricity. In his work he combines influences from daily life with experience gained from his training as electrician. He creates fragile and complex installations driven by sophisticated electrical mechanisms. His technological discoveries are part of a search for solutions to social problems in current Congolese society. His work has been shown internationally, and he’s currently part of the Busan Biennale 2020, curated by Jacob Fabricius. Katambayi Mukendi will have a solo exhibition at Ramiken, New York, in 2020.” Mousse Magazine
”At a very early age I asked myself about the future of our society, which was patterned and programmed by colonial policies. Everything, from the fields of education, eating and energy, was timed precisely to a siren.” Art Africa The Innovation Issue
”Jean Katambayi Mukendi was born in 1974 in Lubumbashi in the South-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he lives and works. Self-taught artist and scientist, he has a passion for logic, mechanics, geometry, electricity with an artist’s ability to critique, question, engage and deconstruct. He has been involved in exhibitions worldwide including shows in Dakar, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Tokyo. He was Nafasi’s Artist in Residence between November and December 2018.” Nafasi Art Space
EXAMPLE OF WORK
Visa Afrolampe Schengen #2, 2018/Visa Afrolampe Schengen #4, 2018
Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Afrolampe (2017), Galerie Dialogues.