Gallery MOMO announces Matter, a solo exhibition by Patrick Bongoy. The exhibition consists of a series of new sculptures and tapestries constructed from red and black rubber and hessian cloth, materials which Bongoy uses to examine the past and present of his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Patrick Bongoy is a Cape Town-based artist working in rubber and transforming it into intricate sculptural works and installations.
Matter draws out the history of rubber as a precious natural resource and its relationship to the colonial past of the DRC and its afterlives. The works reflect on the violent exploitation of labourers who harvest the material, as well as environmental damage that has occurred as a result, using the material to address the trauma, erasure, forced migrations, the loss of cultures, and fragmented identities.
His work constitutes an intentional effort to remember, resurrect, and recreate life forms from the remains of environmental erosion and economic exploitation. Bongoy’s labour-intensive and socially-engaged practice examines the impact of mineral wealth both on the environment and on the lives of the people who unearth and harvest it.
Venue: Gallery MOMO, 52 7th Ave
Time: 11am to 3pm