Arts + Culture

Gonçalo Mabunda: The Way of the Gun

Mozambican artist Gonçalo Mabunda assembles deactivated weapons into sculptures as commentary on politics, corruption and power.

Gonçalo Mabunda is stockpiling an arsenal. The Mozambican artist collects guns—discarded, buried and rusted, left over from his country’s 17-year civil war, which ended in 1992—and assembles them into striking sculptures. Mabunda repurposes the deactivated weapons to build furniture, human figures, even musical instruments as commentary on politics, corruption and power.


A full-time artist since 1997, the 35-year-old Mabunda has exhibited his work in museums and galleries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North America—and his star has been rising steadily for the past decade. In 2008, the Maputo-based artist created the award statues for Bill Clinton’s Global Citizen Awards ceremony. And this year, his “Hope Throne” serves as one of the centerpieces of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design’s upcoming Global Africa Project showcase.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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