During his stay in Venice from October 17th until November 30th 2019, Rodrigo Mabunda will be working on a new body of work, inspired by the Venetian surroundings. The end of the residency will be marked by an overview of the produced works.
Although Rodrigo has travelled outside Mozambique before, he will be visiting Venice for the first time. We hope that being surrounded by Venetian art scene as well as the city’s cultural life, shall provide him with an enormously enriching, stimulating and inspiring working environment, blending both classical and contemporary elements, which will have a significant impact on his work. Since Venice itself could be seen as intrinsically multicultural, this residency will endow the artist with the possibility to enter into close proximity with the global cultural scene and start a dialogue. This will be achieved both directly and indirectly, via introductions to local artists, gallerists and curators, museum visits as well as through exposure to the artistic elements present in every nook and corner of the city of Venice.
Akka Project is providing Rodrigo with a supportive and nurturing environment in which the artist will be able to work on his own terms, discovering and experimenting, allowing himself to be guided by Venice as a tremendous cultural storehouse.
Rodrigo Mabunda gets inspiration from daily life. His drawings tell stories about parties, ceremonies, markets, and other places that are always full of people. He does not plan the stories in advance and simply picks a pen and begins drawing. The format of the box provides him the movements and helps him with the drawing but the final result is always a mystery.
Rodrigo Mabunda, born in 1985, is a self-taught artist. Born in a family of eleven, he had to start working at an early age, when he was only fifteen years old, by accepting any kind of job that would give him a monthly pay.
Initially, he began drawing on A4 sheets, but it is the discovery of the box as a creative medium for his drawings, which marks his debut as an artist.
His older brother, Goncalo Mabunda, always encouraged and pushed him to pursue his artistic career, but it was in 2015, during the visit by an art collector, that Rodrigo's artistic career would start to make sense to him. Encouraged by family and collectors, Rodrigo started to produce more and more works and soon after he was included in group shows in Mozambique, South Africa, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Italy.
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