Japhet Dinganga West Midlands, United Kingdom
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Birmingham based Visual Artist Current studio in Stryx Minerva Works Background in Fine Art, mainly making installations and sometimes paint Work as an Art and DT Technician in a Secondary School Currently learning Joinery to accommodate my practice

My practice is influenced by the everyday notion of being and becoming. I’m intrigued by ideas surrounding metaphysics and otology, as a sense of observation and depicting the relationship between man and the materialistic space. Found objects and materials can instigate a history that shows evidence of humanitarian cultures, habits and social understanding. My work is an exploration of these indications and ideas, and it is always open to one’s interpretation of the composition within the space in time. Artists such as Joseph Cornell, Noah Purifoy, Anselm Kiefer and Christo and Jeanne Claude are Artists I’m most inspired by for their sense of place and community that their works derive. I am interested in making this relevant to the context of the Midlands by creating interventions into disused spaces that make up the local landscape, to consider how these spaces could be used better, and more beneficially for the local communities.


Untitled, Installation, 2019


Riot Man, Painting, 2020



The People's Home Harambe, Assemblage Installation, 2021



The People's Home Harambe, Assemblage Installation, 2021



Projects and exhibitions


Multiplicity of us

27/07/2021 — 15/08/2021

Afro-descendant artists connected by Coventry present work collectively for the first time at Arcadia Gallery. Celebrating the infra-resonance of their labour, the exhibition echoes multiplicity, pluriversality, and commensality. This intervention is about abundance, love, solidarity, and justice, it is about the pleasure of being nearby one...

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Arcadia Gallery, Coventry Details

Design for ‘The Queen’s Relay Baton’ Commonwealth Games

01/02/2021 — 31/08/2022

My involvement in the design of Queen Baton was purely to bring visual aspects to what the baton would look like and to conceptualise some of the features of the Baton, I sought to encourage an organic baton that features some of commodities that Birmingham are known for based on their trade history and impact it’s had across the world.

Birmingham Details

Black Futures

15/10/2020 — 04/11/2020

Creators from Maokwo’s Fusion Artist Network and Yxng & Gxfted programme respond to the theme of Black Futures with a visual art exhibition comprising painting, photography, sculpture and the live creation of an installation piece.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Details

We Cannot Walk Alone


A public engagement workshop themed around black history month and refugee awareness week, work made by the participants in the workshop were featured in the black futures exhibition in Belgrade

Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry Details

Bearing Gift

20/06/2019 — 04/07/2019

In response to the 2019 theme of National Refugee Week, ‘You, me and those who came before’. An exhibition curated by Maokwo showcasing creative gifts by a fusion of cultures. Celebrating the unique talents, and creative gifts that refugees and migrants bring to the city and the UK as a whole

St Mary's Guildhall, Coventry Details

To be within, But not adrift

20/06/2019 — 27/06/2019

An exhibition by myself and Ryan Christopher exploring the ways in which we navigate social media. Ryan sought to challenge the prevalence of vanity and seek to present an alternative way of seeing things through a series of visual analogies. Featuring a mix of photography and mixed media around the room, complimented by live jazz music and...

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2 Tone Village, Coventry Details
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