Democratic Republic of Congo
Après moi, le déluge (After me, the flood)
Computer keys, mutton cloth
230 x 266 x 4cm
Maurice interrogates the environmental hazards associated with information technologies in the Congolese context. He collects discarded computer parts, deconstructs and recontextualizes them into mixed-media collages and sculptures, combining them with other materials including fiberglass bandages and found objects. On this piece he states:
Rather than approaching environmental disasters from a purely critical lens, my work finds opportunities for growth. These sculptures re-appropriate discarded computer parts, imagining a world in which e-waste is refurbished and recycled rather than dumped. By using found materials, I highlight the resilience of African people, who have found a myriad of ways to make use of limited resources. My sculptures depict figures who, in the midst of environmental, social, and political crisis have created radical new approaches to reinvention and change.
Academies des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, DRC
Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, SA