Location: South Africa
Maurice Hermès Mbikayi was born in 1974 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and today lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He was graduated in Graphic Design & Visual Communication at the Academies des Beaux Arts, Kinshasa in 2000. Maurice has also studied photography in Cape Town. He was selected for The Spier Contemporary 2010 /Africa Centre biennial in Cape Town and The Hollard Creative Exchange Programme 2010-2011, facilitated by The Jeanetta Blignaut Art Consultancy. He was awarded a 3 months life/work residency in IAAB in Basel, Switzerland by Prohelvetia South Africa, a 3 months life/work in Zoma Contemporary Art Centre in Ethiopia, by the Artist in Residency (AIR) Program, Africa Centre as well as a grand prize winner of 3rd Ward Award an online call in Brooklyn, NYC.
Maurice Mbikayi has exhibited nationally and internationally and is member of the Visual Art Network of South Africa (VANSA).
My work primarily investigates on the effects of technology on identity and history, while unpacking the ways in which technology has had an impact on diverse populations. I draw on the numerous technological resources available for realizing some ideas more efficiently.
I particularly focus on various ways in which the advanced technological revolution of the last twenty years has both positively and negatively impacted on the world generally and Africa in particular.
The resultant mixed media drawings and sculptures ask questions such as to whom such technological resources are made available and at what or whose expense? What are the consequences impacting on our people and environment?
The Death of internet and its users! How reliant we became to the internet and new technologies and their impact on nowadays. The more we realize it the more we are reliant to it.