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CHIASMUS
MUSTAFA MALUKA April 4 – May 20, 2017

Zidoun-Bossuyt gallery is pleased to announce the second exhibition by renowned South-African artist Mustafa Maluka.
His works draw inspiration in the western pop culture and the African street art.
The artist is representative of the new generation of artists who refer to their own experience as global citizens.

Mustafa Maluka is an artist and a cultural analyst. Known for theatrically confronting the intersection of contemporary culture and global politics with his provocative large-scale portraits. Maluka's imposing canvases document the artist's continued interest in the tradition of portraiture mixed with a street culture edge.

These oil and acrylic paintings are grounded by traditional techniques like massive scale and central composition, calculated to emphasize the importance of the sitter. Maluka deliberately situates them within the canonical heritage of the portrait genre. The faces of his transnational, racially ambiguous characters are densely painted. He achieves this by building up layers of splashes and washes on the canvas surface alongside bold patterns and forms that determine the mood and overall tone of the works. The emotions are silent but strong.

The many layers of paint allow them to appear as characters with a distinct personality divorced from their original context. Maluka liberates the images from their original context and recreates them in a new form. They often seem calm, composed and sublime. By denying his figures their original context, he refutes the culture industry's dictatorial power to determine how we understand these images and instead insists upon the ability of the artist to interview these images on his own terms.

Mustafa Maluka’s large-scale portraits often have a provocative and direct effect on the viewer. The artist is deeply concerned with contemporary critical social theory and world politics. His bright and colourful works are stylistically closely linked to pop culture, graffiti and hip-hop.

Maluka’s works refers to his own experience as a global citizen, where cultures morph and merge so quickly that even home is no longer a stable or recognizable place. Discussions around cultural identity and migration are of central importance to Maluka’s work.

Born in 1976, Mustafa Maluka grew up in Bishop Lavis, in the economically depressed Cape Flats area on the fringes Cape Townn Cape Town, South Africa. He studied at De Ateliers art institute and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and lived in Berlin and New York. He now lives and works in Turku, Finland.

Mustafa Maluka has been included in international group exhibitions at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center (2010), the Studio Museum in Harlem (2008), De Moines Art Center (2008), the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (2006) and the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu (2006). He is part of the collections of Kamel Lazaar Foundation and Sindika Dokolo Foundation among others. Mustafa Maluka recently participated to the group exhibiton You Love Me, You Love Me Not at Municipal Gallery in Porto, Portugal (2015) showcasing part of the Sindika Dokolo collection and also in Us Is Them by the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, USA (2015). He is referenced in Sue Williamson’s book South African Art Now (2009). 

 
EDUCATION

2002 – 2006 PhD Candidate in Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1999 – 2001 De Ateliers, Post-graduated Art Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1994 – 1995 Graphic design, Peninsula Technicon, Cape Town, South Africa
 
 
COLLECTIONS

Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA
Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda, Angola
Pizzuti Collection, Miami, Columbus, USA


RESIDENCIES/AWARDS
 
2006 Artists in Residence at Glenfiddich, Dufftown, Scotland
2005 Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York, USA
2004 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts
1998 Thami Mnyele Foundation, residency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997 Robben Island Museum, residency, Cape Town, South Africa
 
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2017 Chiasmus, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg (upcoming)
2015 Disembedded, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
2013 Structural disbelief : an imposition, Zidoun Gallery, Luxembourg
         Normative Positioning, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Dialectical Continuum, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2011 Cognitive Ruptures: Imagined Communities and the Multiculturalism of Fear, Galerie   Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany
        Identity Loss Syndrome, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Art Dubai, UAE
2010 Discourse in Translation: a pragmadialectical analysis, Mikael Andersen, Copenagen,  Denmark
2009 A Place so Foreign, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
         The Rhetoric of Sincerity / The Sincerity of Rhetoric, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland
2008 The Message, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany
2007 Reflexive Indices: a phenomenological study, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland
         The Interview (a transcript), Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
2005 Accented Living: a rough guide, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
2002 Bad for Your Health/Wrong Colour, Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art
         The Realness, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2001 Hard Living (an ethnomethodological approach), De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Maluka 2000, de Twee Wezen, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
 
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2016 Summer Show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2015 You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Municipal Gallery, Porto, Portugal
         Us Is Them, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, USA 
2014 African Contempoary Art, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
         Ici l’Afrique/Here Africa, Château de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland
2012 Flying, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2010 Hope-a-Holic, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, USA
2008 Inside Ouot, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
         Common Affairs, the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz, Austria
         World Histories, Des Moines Art Centre, Iowa, USA
         Flow, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
2007 Summer 2007/8, Michael Stevenson , Cape Town, South Africa
         In your face, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland
         South African art now, Michael Stevenson , Cape Town, South Africa
2006 São Paulo Biena, São Paulo, Brazil
         Artists at Glenfiddich 06, The Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland
         Nie Meer, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
         New Painting, KZNSA Gallery, Durban; Unisa Gallery, Pretoria; Johannesburg Art Gallery,         Johannesburg, South Africa
         De Grote Oversteek, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, The Netherlands
         Personal Affects: Power and poetics in contemporary South African art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
         Chimaera, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, USA
2005 d'Afrique, d'Asie, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA
         [R][R][F]2005--->XP, Hilchot Shehenim, Israeli Digital Art Lab, Holon, Israel
         Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
         BASICS Festival, Salzburg, Austria
 
2004
Personal Affects: Power and poetics in contemporary South African art, Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York, USA
Invisible Networks, Version'04 Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
[R][R][F] 2005--->XP, National Museum of Contemporary Art/Kalinderu MediaLab, Bucaresti, Romania
Bergen Electronic Arts Centre, Bergen, Norway
New Media Art Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
BASICS Festival, Salzburg, Austria
Split International Film Festival, Split, Croatia
PEAM 2004, Pescara Electronic Art Meeting, Pescara, Italy
Now Music Streaming Festival, Berlin, Germany
VI Salon Y Coloquio Internacional de Arte Digital, Havana, Cuba
public_media_ space Festival, Yerewan, Armenia
West Coast Numusic & Electronic Arts Festival, Stavanger, Norway
Biennale of Electronic Art, Perth, Australia
International Short Film Festival, Nuremberg, Germany
Orilla'04, 1st International Exhibition of Digital Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, Argentina
West 404 - Festival of Electronic Art, Rosario, Argentina
FILE - Electronic Language Festival, SESI Art Gallery, S�o Paulo, Brazil
Internet Live Streaming "Endlosfilm", University of Bremen, Germany
OUTVIDEO, Ekaterinburg, Russia
 
2003 Guess Who, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, The Netherlands
         Afrika Hier en Nu, Centrum Beeldende Kust, Emmen, The Netherlands
2002 The 4th Biennale of the Pan-African Circle of Artists Lagos, Nigeria
         Crossing Boundaries and Frontiers, Centre Soleil d'Afrique, Bamako, Mali
         Interactive Arts Festival.01, Kwang Fong Gallery, California Lutheran University, Los Angeles, USA
2000 (W)interface, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, The Netherlands
         Portrait Africa, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
1999 Staking Claims, The Granary, Cape Town, South Africa
         Project Conflux, Luxembourg/Cape Town/Paris
         Postcards from South Africa, Axis Gallery, New York, USA
         Oos Wes Tuis Bes, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
1998 Childhood, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
         !Xoe site-specific, Ibis Art Centre, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa
 
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
2010 Sarah Valdez, Art in America, "Review", January
2009 Sue Williamson, "South African Art Now", Ed. Collins
         Laura Hoptman, "The Younger than Jesus Artist Directory", Ed. Phaidon
         "200 top collectors", ARTnews, Summer 2009
2008 Holland Cotter, "Art Review: Flow", The New York Times, 4/4
         Lauren Schuker, "Out Of Africa", Wall Street Journal, 28/4
         "Common Affairs", exhibition catalogue, the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz, Austria
         "Flow", exhibition catalogue, Studio Museum Harlem



Exhibitions

Mustafa Maluka - Structural disbelief : an imposition

Preview on April 11th, 2013. Exhibition from April 12th to June 1st, 2013. The latest solo show by Mustafa Maluka entitled 'Structural Disbelief: an imposition', deals with the social and political structure of prejudice and the various ways, both subtle and overt, in which people are pre-judged and dismissed because of their appearance. The show tackles the structural disbelief faced by successful, high achieving people who appear as 'others' within particular societies. It also explores fragments of dialogical transaction to which the characters in the paintings are subjected to as individuals who appear as ‘other’ within the societies that they live in.

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