Bilele

Maurice Mbikayi
2016
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Maurice Mbikayi is a Congolese artist whose Africa art touches on racism and ethnic identity in Africa. His pieces focus on the radical repurposing of technology, commenting on the intersectionality of the African identity and modern technology, and critiquing the rampant waste needed to produce these products. His piece ‘Bilele’ uses fashion as a form of resistance, using discarded technology to create the suit he wears. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the main producers of Coltan – a key ingredient in many electronic devices. Mbikayi’s work asks deeper questions about unequal trade, low-wage labour, and ecological truths behind Silicon Valley.