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    Stary Mwaba, Berlin, 2014

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    Stary Mwaba, Copper, Cobalt and Manganese Cabbage, 2014, Chinese cabbage, food colour

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    Stary Mwaba, Copper, Cobalt and Manganese Cabbage, 2015, Chinese cabbage, food colour, installation view Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

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    Martha Mwamba I, 2014, copperwire drawing, 30 x 30 cm

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    Stary Mwaba, Untitled, 2014, ink on paper, installation view Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (detail)

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    Stary Mwaba: Life on Mars, exhibition shot Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin


Stary Mwaba 2014/15

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About Stary

In his paintings and installations, Stary Mwaba (born 1976 in Chingola, Zambia, lives and works in Lusaka, Zambia) deals with socio-political issues and develops individual narratives of history, real or imagined, of its visible and invisible traces and its effects on human beings. At Künstlerhaus Bethanien Mwaba shows two series of works which draw connections between historical events and the current situation in his home country Zambia. His most comprehensive installation ‘Space Project’ deals with a both utopian and revealing event, a Zambian space project of the 1960s, by the time of the country’s independence. Another project on display is ‘Chinese Cabbage’ which examines the effects on Zambia of Chinese economic colonization that is evident in the transformation of agriculture and the use of local natural resources such as copper, cobalt and manganese. 


2013 FCA/CCA Lagos Ghana Residency Programme, Accra
2010Watermill Artists Residency, New York
2005Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award
2002–2005Zambia National Visual Arts Council Academy
1998 Graduation from Zambia College of Agriculture

Selected solo shows:

2012 Ubwile Start Foundation, 37d Gallery, Lusaka
2005 Crossing Over Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Selected group shows:

2010 Fabula in Art, Museo di San Salvatore in Lauro, Rom
2009 Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
2005 Japan Expo 2005, Tokio

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

Stary Mwaba - '"Life on Mars"

6 to 29 March 2015 
Opening 5 March 2015, 7pm 


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue: 

Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert (eds.), Stary Mwaba: Life on Mars, including essays by David Elliott and Laura Bohnenblust, Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2015.