Congolese artist Maurice Mbikayi presents a solo exhibition that asks ‘what happens when everything falls apart?’.
When we think apocalypse, we tend to think of the future. For Maurice Mbikayi, the stuff of Western dystopian fiction is, in fact, an African reality. In Mbikayi’s DRC, colonialism and its afterlives have left the country largely in a state of crisis — politically, economically, and socially. Corruption is set as policy. Resources continue to be appropriated for Western profit. At the same time the world obsesses over cryptocurrency mining, it becomes all the more dependent on African mining industries – such as gold and cobalt – to engineer and power computers and smartphones.
Coucou is a French slang greeting that derives from the noise a cuckoo clock makes. Coucou Crumble says, ‘Time’s up.’ When things fall unmanageably apart, who will suffer? Who will be held accountable? Who will control our resources, material and electronic? Mbikayi is not afraid to call out the systemic powers that be, and imagines a future in which African people can reinvent themselves out of the chaos.
The exhibition opening is on 2 May at 6pm.
Venue: Gallery MOMO, 16 Buiten Street, Ground Floor, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 9am to 1pm