Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Cinthia Binene Sifa was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. Sifa is currently working towards finishing her 3rd year at Artist Proof Studio, combining techniques such as intaglio and silkscreening. Her third year body of work explores the politics surrounding the domestic space and notions of beauty within an Afropolitan context. Sifa's works in many mediums including painting, collage, drawing, photography and sculpture. 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 and Strauss & Co at the Turbine Art Fair. Sifa also forms part of the Special Projects Unit at the Artist Proof Studio and has received commissions from 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, South Africa.
My work explores beauty constructs through my lived experience as an African woman and those around me. I create moments within domestic spaces by using different mediums like acrylic with oil paint, charcoal, ink, collage from personal photographs and magazines. Female silhouettes represent the "perfect women " perceived by society through social media. The moments I create in domestic spaces are dialogues between perceived beauty standards, and stereotypes which function to both challenge and embrace African women. The Barbie doll, a primary inspiration in my work, is used with other feminine objects or symbols with associations to African women, representing thoughts, misconceptions, perceptions and emotions. These spaces allow me to create conversations and interrogate notions of beauty.
Exhibitions & Awards
Participation in group exhibition, “animal in distress” with Little Artistand JSE Deutsche Bank at Grahams Fine Art, Johannesburg
“Louis Khela Maqhubela & Douglas Portway” presented by ArtistProof Studio and Strauss & Co at the RMB Turbine Art Fair. First prizewinner
The student Lockdown Collection with Artist Proof Studio and TheUniversity of Johannesburg
Presented on Latitudes Online
Green recovery project for climate change portfolio with Artistproof studio
The Human experience group exhibition with The Project Space
The Eclectic group exhibition at The Artroom Gallery
3rd year group exhibition graduation with Artist proof studio
Lagos group exhibition curated by Azu Ngwagbugo ” liminality ininfinite spaces ”
London Art Fair EDITs represented by African Arty
Latitudes x The Lockdown Collection Open Call Collection Auction
Duo art show at Art Brussels by African Arty