Pierre Mukeba arrived with a force on the Australian art scene with his first solo show held in early 2017 at Greenaway Art Gallery when he was only twenty-two years old. Titled Trauma, the exhibition featured fourteen large-scale full-length portraits of black men and women, small boys and a mother and child. The figures were rendered in fine pen and ink on plain calico sheets, their bodies clothed in bright African fabric. These images were sourced from the news or were based on memories from Pierre's childhood, growing up during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then in refugee camps in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Pierre was eleven years old when his mother sought asylum in 2006 for herself, Pierre, and his sister in Adelaide.
Press release courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.