Talk about a chair that packs heat. The Zuma Throne by Mozambican artist Goncalo Mabunda is political commentary you can sit on. Assembled using guns, rifles and pistols, furniture-sculpture – named after you-know-who – can be interpreted as a scathing critique of the violence in South African societies, or a satirical reference to shady arms deals with million-dollar kickbacks. The chair is a recurrent theme in Mabunda’s art. In elevating the otherwise pedestrian piece of furniture into an imposing and sometimes intimidating throne, Mabunda alludes to the Western world’s interest in collecting the Chief Chair prevalent in traditional ethnic African art.
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