Maurice Mbikayi Democratic Republic of Congo /
Democratic Republic of Congo
C-Print on archival Epson paper
Courtesy Officine dell'Immagine Milan
Mbikayi’s work deals with the impacts of contemporary technology on humanity. He refers to his own experiences and developments of fashion and access to information technology in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He collects discarded computer parts, deconstructs and recontextualises them into mixed-media collages and sculptures, combining them with other materials including fiberglass bandages and found objects. In Mbikayi’s photography, his body acts as a ‘prosthetic Identity’, symbolically representing his experiences and anxieties about the virtual world as well as electronic waste, and the implications for human beings involved in mining and dumping in Africa.