Henry Mzili Mujunga’s latest series of work definitely reflect his recent devotion to work as a full time artist. His exhibition titled CROWD CONTROL showed works with a mature and unique style and technique as well as a strong conceptual focus that speaks to a large audience. Familiar themes as everyday happiness, love, friendship and contentedness are also returning in this series.
Mzili throughout his career has been exploring intuitive ways of reviving African art through an art movement called ‘indigenous expressionism’. He strongly advocates the importance of networking among contemporary African artists in order to share their culture and create an interesting dialogue with the art being produced globally.
My work is about issues of gender; the shifting paradigm towards ‘a new normal’ in defining our identities. It is a conversation about the recent history of gender, the fluidity of gender (gender bending) and the posturing of gender in the attempt to create a new structure for social control in this age of attention seeking. Thus the frequent reference to the selfie in my work.In a generation that claims not to put labels on people and things, the need to define the self still obtains.
Mzili is a founding member of the East African Art Group Index Mashariki, which seeks to re-establish relevancy for art in the local community by propagating indigenous-expressionism. He is also a member of the Pan African Circle of Artists (PACA) that links artists working for the integration of Africa through art.
He is co-founder of Kampala Arts Trust and the Online Visual arts Journal Start Journal of Arts and Culture.
Mzili is a winner of the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) Art Scholarship 2003 and has exhibited in galleries in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
2016 Crowd Control, Six Degrees of Separation – Afriart Gallery
2015 Daudi Mzili 2 Dichotomy of Indigenous Expressionism – Makerere Art Gallery
2014 Head – Afriart Gallery
2011 Group Show – MishMash Kampala
2010 Buffalo Woman – Afriart Gallery