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Jean Katambayi Mukendi
Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1974

Made during the lockdown in the artist’s home city of Lubumbashi, each work is a diagrammatic depiction of a chimerical light bulb, exactingly rendered in black ballpoint pen on gridded paper with the assistance of a ruler and a compass. An electrical engineer by training, Mukendi illustrated the filaments and wires to symbolize the raw materials unearthed in Lubumbashi. A hub for some of the world’s largest copper and cobalt interests, the city serves as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining capital.

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Jean Katambayi Mukendi
Covid 10 Afrolampe X Cyclone Avril 2020 13h34, 2020
100 x 70 cm
Pen on paper


Jean Katambayi Mukendi
Covid 11 Afrolampe XI Accord Avril 2020 23H00, 2020
100 x 70 cm
Pen on Paper


Jean Katambayi Mukendi
Afrolampe, 2017
100 x 70 cm
Ballpoint pen and marker pen on paper