Jean Katambayi Mukendi

 Jean Katambayi Mukendi © Waldburger Wouters Jean Katambayi Mukendi was born in 1974 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He lives and works in Lubumbashi, DRC. Trained as an electrician, his artistic practice is imbued with his fascination for mathematics, engineering, geometry, and technology. Profoundly marked by his upbringing in the workers’ camp of his mining hometown and by its mechanisation, Mukendi creates fragile and complex installations and drawings inspired by sophisticated electrical circuits and technological studies. Mukendi’s work has been exhibited at the Palais De Tokyo, Palazzo Reale Milan, M HKA Antwerp, Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Brussels, and the biennales in Lubumbashi, Dakar, Havana, Busan and Taipei. In 2016 he had his first solo at the trampoline Antwerp and was an artist in residence at WIELS Brussels. He was featured at WIELS in Multiple Transmissions : Art in the Afropolitan Age and in the African Artists From 1882 to Now (Phaidon 2021).