Carlos Bunga (b. 1976) describes both himself and his artistic practice as being characterized by a nomadic nature. The instability of the living environment, displacement, and migration all have a defining effect on the work of the artist, whose mother settled in Portugal after fleeing the civil war in Angola. Bunga’s architectural installations challenge ideas of security and the certainty of human and material existence, instead suggesting that the only constant is perpetual change. His expansive works effectively double the space in which they are shown: they position themselves in front of walls, which they both obscure and transform, subsequently facilitating a dialogue between the two architectures. Bunga uses simple materials, such as cardboard panels and tape, in his monumental works. The everyday nature of the material, the majority of which is related to storage and transport, forms a bridge to the immediate reality of life.
For the Rotunda at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the artist has devised a new installation that responds to the specific architecture of the publicly accessible space. Used pieces of furniture form the foundation walls for a cardboard architecture that rises up to the Rotunda’s glass dome.