Fernando Agostinho Mabota, called Titos Mabota
Born in 1963
Died in 2017
Lived and worked in Maputo, Mozambique.
In Mozambique, the modern and contemporary rendering of traditional makondé sculpture has long been one of Africa’s most prestigious artistic expressions. It is still made today on the high plains of the Mueda region and in neighbouring Tanzania. Only when the civil war ended in 1993 did Mozambique recover the peace and freedom that would foster an explosion of creative activity by young artists. Numerous artists born during the war years quickly established an art scene imbued with the details of their daily life and the traumas they had experienced. The sculptures by Gonzalo and Koestler based on weapons – fists grenades and bazookas – are most representative of these trends. As they have learned to use their new freedom, some artists painters and photographers, painters and photographers have developed works less closely linked to this historical context.
These artists have formed associations known as “Art Cores”, which comprise not so much an artistic movement as a place for sharing, for working and for holding permanent exhibitions. This is the context in which Titos Mabota most often works. His work is quite distinctive, seemingly crude and cobbled together, but in fact very carefully thought out and painstakingly executed over long stretches of time. He himself declares that in his rare monumental works, the notions of good, evil and truth are omnipresent. For this artists, art must change life and be intelligible to all his long-suffering people.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
L’art et la machine, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
As Portas Do Mundo
CCFM, Maputo, Mozambique
Biennale of Johannesbourg, South Africa
As Portas Do Mundo, Evora, Portugal
Africa Hammer, CCFM, Maputo, Mozambique
Düsseldorf, Germany, Museum kunst palest July 24-November 7, 2004;
London, United Kingdom: Hayward Gallery, February 10-April 17, 2005;
Paris, France: Centre Georges Pompidou, May 15-August 20, 2005;
Tokyo, Japan: Mori Art Museum, June-September 2006.
Catalogue (published in German, English and French).
Astrup Fearley Museum, Oslo, Norway
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
"O cavalo de Tróia
", CCFM, Maputo, Mozambique
“A Moto”, CCFM, Maputo, Mozambique
“Dimensoes Tradicionais”, CCFM, Maputo, Mozambique
Association Mozambicaine de Photographie, Maputo, Mozambique
L’art et la machine, Musée des Confluences, Exhibition catalogue, Lienart publishers, Paris
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Electa & Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli.
Exhibition catalogue. Published by TF Editores & FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
Titos Mabota, - Sculpteur (Les carnets de la création : Mozambique).
Texte de Juan M. Altacampo (trilingue français, portugais et anglais)
Éd. de l'œil