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Cinthia Sifa Mulanga

 

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga was born in 1997 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. She completed her third year of training at Artist Proof Studio in 2020, graduating in printmaking and combining techniques such as intaglio, linocut, and silkscreening. Sifa works in many mediums, including painting, collage, drawing, and photography. In 2019, she was awarded first place for a work created for a tribute exhibition to Louis Khela Maqhubela & Douglas Portway, presented by Artist Proof Studio in partnership with Strauss & Co. and exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair. As a trainee in the Special Projects Unit at the Artist Proof Studio, Sifa worked on numerous group panels and mural projects commissioned by Bidvest Bank and Hogan Lovell. In 2020 Sifa participated in The TLC Student Lockdown Collection and exhibited her works on Latitudes Online. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

 

Artwork above: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Her Element, 2021, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 84 cm x 118 cm

"My work explores beauty constructs as well as their psychological and physical impact on African women through the search for my own identity as a Congolese young woman, raised in South Africa. I create moments within domestic spaces by using different mediums such as acrylic with oil paint, charcoal, ink, collage from personal photographs, fabric, history books, newspapers, and magazines. The moments I create in these domestic spaces are dialogues between the perceived beauty standards, stereotypes which in their compositions function to both challenge and embrace African women. The Barbie doll, a primary inspiration to my work, is used with other feminine objects or ideologies associated with African women, representing thoughts, misconceptions, perceptions emotions, and the evolution of beauty itself. These spaces allow me to create open conversations and interrogate the notions of beauty."

"Beauty is a core theme throughout her work, yet Cinthia handles the subject by building layer upon layer of hidden messages, symbolism and meaning. As a viewer, you’re asked to consider the question: What does beauty mean today?"

 

“I hope they resonate with a particular moment in the works,” she says, “whether of their own or of someone they know, to interest with them from a place of reflection."

– Published article in It's Nice That, 23 July 2021

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Unbothered, 2020
Mixed Media
80 cm x 64 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Her looks inspired by, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The Mood Board, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Her textures inspired by, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Vous Les femme, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The beauty of one is no absence of another, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Self-sureness, 2021
Mixed media on stretched canvas
84 cm x 118 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The library, 2021
Mixed media on Fabriano paper
71 cm x 100 cm


Cinthia Sifa Mulanga. Kurudi kwako II (your return II), 2021, acrylic paint with watercolour, ink, charcoal with fabric material and collage on Fabriano paper, 32 cm x 38 cm

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