Mulenga J Mulenga is a multimedia visual artist who was born in 1987, in Lusaka, Zambia. She works across disciplines such as painting, sculpture, installation, drawings, Photography and performance art. In 2019, she was awarded the most outstanding Female Visual in Zambia during the National Ngoma Awards ceremony by the National Arts Council.
Recently she attended a 3 month residence programme at Gasworks, London and she is currently participating in the Sanaa exhibition which is part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Some of the exhibitions she has participated in include: Tupelo International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Cape Town, Dar’Art Biennial; Gallery of Small Things , Senegal; Zambia: Contemporary art in the making, the African Studies Gallery, Israel (all in 2018); Biennial of Contemporary Art Seychelles, Seychelles National Museum; African Creative Voices, National Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe; African 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 of International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria in 2015.
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.