PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

born in 1981 in Kinshasa (Congo)

"In my work, I always try to break the classic rules and traditional thinking. The human body is a slippery surface upon which discourses of race, class, gender, and sexuality are mediated." VMB
The strategies by which the sensate body is displayed and re-presented by Mwilambwe disengage and dismantle fossilised parameters that straightjacket our abilities to imagine the potentials of other worlds re-organised. The recent history of the DRC is marked by civil war and corruption, and the Congolese media operate against systems of warring political powers and violent turmoil. In this artist's brilliant approach through art, imagination blossoms, hopes grow; the borders become the center, and the interstices, the essence. In a notable video interview, the artist asserts that his works show "the confrontation between reality and the dream" as he personifies the Alien and definitively underscores the indomitable resilience of the Congolese people.
Born in 1981 in Kinshasa (DRC), Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo studied at Fine Art Academy in Kinshasa. In 2009 he worked as researcher in Art/Science at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He has appeared in many relevant group exhibitions including "What about Africa? What about it?"at Witteveen, Visual art center in Amsterdam (2016), Biennale de Lubumbashi, Congo (2015) and "Africa, Africa" at Abbaye Saint-André, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Meymac, France (2012). He currently lives and works in Kinshasa.

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2016

Strange, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2013

Rethinking the future, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, ZA

2012

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
MONDO, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, DE

2011

The French Cultural Center, Pointe Noire, CD
My New World, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, ZA

2010

The French Cultural Center, Pointe Noire, CD

2009

French Cultural Center, Pointe Noire, CD

2007

Galery Pierre Hallet, Bruxelles, BE

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017
The Black Sphinx: from Morocco to Madagascar, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2016
AFRIK’EXPO, Libreville, GA
What about Africa? What about it?, WITTEVEEN, Amsterdam, NL

2014
Warm Heart of Africa, Primae Noctis Gallery, Lugano, CH

2013
UNITED NATIONS REVISITED, Kunstraum Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
EXOTIKA, Bangkok, TH

2012
Le Surréel-Congo “Mondo”, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, DE
Africa, Africa, Abbaye Saint-André – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Meymac, FR
Banian Exhibition, KAS Project, Kinshasa, CD

2011
Banian Exhibition, TCG Nordica Kunming, CN
Banian Exhibition, Banaras Hindi University, Faculty of Visual Arts, Exhibition Hall, Varanasi, IN

2010
Brave New Worlds, (Theatre der Welt) Essen, DE
Accents d’ingéniosité (Bicici), CI

2009
Banyan Project, Berlin, DE
Licht aan Zee AA, Kunsthal 52, Den Helder, NL
French cultural center, Pointe Noire, CD
Dialogue, De Markten, Bruxelles, BE

2008
Open studio, Rijksakademie Van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2007
Kinshasa – Lubumbashi, MAMAC, Liège, BE
Jobek Park Project, Johannesburg, ZA
Contemporary Art of Africa in Espal, Le Mans, FR

2006
KVS, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Bruxelles, BE
PROGR, Zentrum Fur Kulturproduktion, French Cultural Center, Berna, CH

2005
Boulev’Art Contemporary Art in the street, Cotonou, BJ

2004
Young kinoise creation, French Cultural Center, Kinshasa, CD

2003
Brazza project, Brazzaville, CD
Kin wenze wenze, Ecole des beaux – arts de Kinshasa, CD

2001 
Jua – kali, Kinshasa, CD
South center, Cape Town, ZA
Academie des beaux – arts de Kinshasa, CD

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Alien and Avatar
Alien and Avatar
2016
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 189,5 x 189,5
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Alien and Avatar
2016 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 189,5 x 189,5
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Strage alien
Strage alien
2016
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 189 x 189; cm 50 x 50
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Strage alien
2016 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 189 x 189; cm 50 x 50
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Judgement
Judgement
2016
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 159 x 129,5
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Judgement
2016 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 159 x 129,5
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2016
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 189 x 189; cm 50 x 50
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2016 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 189 x 189; cm 50 x 50
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2015
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 135 x 96
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2015 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 135 x 96
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2015
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 50 x 50, cm 60 x 80, cm 90 x 90
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2015 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 50 x 50, cm 60 x 80, cm 90 x 90
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Alien
Alien
2014
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 140 x 100
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Alien
2014 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 140 x 100
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo -  GLAMOROUS AND FAIRY
GLAMOROUS AND FAIRY
2013
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 140 x 100 (x2); cm 44,5 x 44,5
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - GLAMOROUS AND FAIRY
2013 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 140 x 100 (x2); cm 44,5 x 44,5
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - KITOKO (Beautiful)
KITOKO (Beautiful)
2013
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 180 x 150
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - KITOKO (Beautiful)
2013 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 180 x 150
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2012
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 150 x 150; cm 50 x 50
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2012 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 150 x 150; cm 50 x 50
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2011
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 50 x 50 each
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2011 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 50 x 50 each
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2011
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 50 x 50 each
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2011 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 50 x 50 each
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2011
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 200 x 250
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2011 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 200 x 250
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
Untitled
2011
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 170 x 190
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo - Untitled
2011 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 170 x 190