Djofray Makumbu: Lonely Tears

Djofray Makumbu stages a newly commissioned performance and audio visual work in this special event.

Makumbu’s commission combines illustration, stop motion animation and sound, including music composed by the artist, with an intersecting performance. The piece enacts a looping conversation between the artist and an antagonist, who represents a personification of his inner voice.

Makumbu often works with friends and family, creating works that draw on his personal experiences and those of the people close to him. Recent works have focused on the shame and stigma of mental health difficulties, the pressures and violence of inner city life from the perspective of young people and the joy of music and dancing. Each element in the work is carefully self-made from hand built sets and hand stitched garments for Claymation characters to soundtracks that are developed closely with Djofray’s brother.

In 2020, Djofray won a Goldsmiths Exhibitions Hub commission, in partnership with the London Community Video Archive, to make Hello Mr Officer, a moving image work that sees young Black men from across London share their experiences of being harassed by the Police. The work will be screened at South London Gallery from 19–20 November 2021.

Commissioned as part of the public programme accompanying our current exhibition by William Scott.

Booking information

This event has a strictly limited audience. The event is free but booking is essential.

Performance 1
Doors open at 6.30pm. The performance will begin at 6.45pm and last approximately 15 minutes. Refreshments will be served after.
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Performance 2
Doors open at 7.30pm. The performance will begin at 7.45pm and last approximately 15 minutes. Refreshments will be served after.
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About Djofray Makumbu

Djofray Makumbu is a British Congolese artist born and based in East London. In 2020, Djofray won a Goldsmiths Exhibitions Hub commission, in partnership with the London Community Video Archive. Recent solo shows include Brixton Library, London in 2019. Djofray graduated from BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths in 2018 and was awarded the Alumno/SPACE Studio Bursary as a result of his degree show exhibition.