Stary Mwaba 2014/15
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|
|2010||Watermill Artists Residency, New York|
|2005||Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award|
|2002–2005||Zambia 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.