Mustafa Maluka

  • Disembedded, 2015,
    acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 273 x 196 cm
  • The Inheritance of Loss, 2015,
    acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 61 x 46 cm
  • Perspective Compression, 2015,
    acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 273 x 196 cm
  • Poincaré Conjecture, 2015,
    acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 210 x 165 cm
  • Red Peak, 2015,
    acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas, 273 x 196 cm
  • Installation view, Mustafa Maluka, Disembedded, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen (photo: Jan Søndergaard), 2015,
  • Installation view, Mustafa Maluka, Disembedded, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen (photo: Jan Søndergaard), 2015,

About

Mustafa Maluka's large-scale portraits reflect on the relationship between identity and cultural positioning mechanisms in modern society. He combines elements from disparate images found in magazines, in ads or online. The subjects are anonymous, racially and sexually ambiguous, and the emotions are silent but still strong. Pink hair, blue or green lips and skin speckled with decidedly not-flesh-toned colors are characteristic for Maluka's paintings. The works relate to portraiture's long history but Maluka takes it into a contemporary context where the idealised face is replaced with the distorted features of modernity. The portraits grow out of several layers of paint and splashes of colour, leaving an impression of the creative techniques as well as of the subject's many layers and construction processes. Mustafa Maluka studied at the De Ateliers Art Institute in Amsterdam from 1999-2001 and received his PhD from University of Amsterdam in 2006.

    • CV
  • Born 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lives and works in Turku, Finland.
    • Education:
  • 2002-2006: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam
  • 1999-2001: De Ateliers, Post-graduate Art Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1994-1995 Graphic design, Peninsula Technicon, Cape Town, South Africa
    • Exhibitions in the gallery:
    • Disembedded, 25.09 - 31.10, 2015
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
    • Normative Positioning, 01.02 - 10.03, 2013
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
    • Accrochage (group show), 27.09 - 20.10, 2012
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
    • Cognitive Ruptures: Imagined Communities and the Multiculturalism of Fear, 09.09 - 29.10, 2011
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
    • Discourse in the Translation: A Pragmadialectical Analysis, 05.03 - 10.04, 2010
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
    • The Message, 02.02 - 08.03, 2008
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
    • What Lies Beneath, 11.08 - 09.09, 2006
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
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