I am a Mozambican born artist who grow up in South Africa. My family fled to South Africa in 1989 during the civil war between “Freliemo and Rinamo”. Once in South Africa we experienced the “Inkatha” and ANC riots during the late 80’s and early 90’s.
An AK-47 rifle as a metaphor for my art works which symbolizes my background as a Mozambican and birds also a metaphor. Which is freedom we have now after the civil wars in both countries? I also use my own designed coat of arms which is a combination of South African and Mozambican culture. This symbolizes me as mixed culture The influence of my Art works is the newly empowered rebel movement in 1964 putting a silhouette of the “Kalashnikov” on the national flag of Mozambique. It remains there even today, despite a push to remove it.