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Mulenga Jestina Mulenga, Decaying life, 2018. Soil, dried apples & dust. 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Mulenga Jestina Mulenga, Lead by the nose, 2018. Installation view. Dimensions Variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Mulenga Jestina Mulenga, Dialogue ii, 2017. Performance documentation. Courtesy of the artist.

Mulenga Jestina Mulenga, Osefei, 2016. Pastel & charcoal on paper. 60 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Mulenga Jestina Mulenga’s works considers current and historical representations of female black bodies within the context of post-colonial Zambia, specifically the ways in which deeply rooted social roles and identities are reproduced and reinforced throughout every stage of life. Mulenga works across painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance, to revisit and reimagine old and new narratives that connect themes of gender and socio-cultural discourses within the legacy of colonialism.

During her residency at Gasworks, Mulenga plans to work on a project that will consider the unravelling social and political effects of Brexit on the UK population, in particular what the implications might be for ones identity as a former European Union citizen in relation to her own experience of mixed and conflicted identities. At the core of the work will be the theme of moving from the known to the unknown.


Mulenga Jestina Mulenga lives and works in Lusaka. Recent exhibitions include Tupelo International Artists Workshop Exhibiton, Capetown; Dak’Art Biennale, Gallery of Small Things, Senegal; Zambia: Contemporary art in the Making, the African Studies Gallery, Israel (all 2018); Biennale of Contemporary Art Seychelles; Seychelles National Museum; African Voices, National Gallery, Zimbabwe; Africa Creative Ensemble Festival, Limpopo, South Africa; and Kuboneshagu Women’s National Exhibition, Lusaka National Museum (all 2017). She is a 2015 Asiko International School Alumni under CCA Lagos and attended the summer school at International Summer Academy of fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria in 2016.

Mulenga J. Mulenga’s residency is supported by Mercedes Vilardell.