Born in Mauritius in 1976, Doung Anwar Jahangeer has been living and working in South Africa since 1992. After studying architecture at the University of Natal, in Durban, he decided to undertake a journey traveling across three continents in three years.
In London, he put his architectural knowledge to use by participating in the restoration of listed buildings.
However, Doung A. Jahangeer chooses to express himself primarily as a conceptual and multidisciplinary artist. His work includes performance, film, video, sculpture, painting and installation. His experience as an architect allows him to redefine his concept of art by focusing on the notion of space, especially the public urban space, which he works on both officially and in an informal and ephemeral way.
His creations are often labeled as social engagement initiatives, focused on the marginalized within society and the working class. In 2002, he participated in the “City Walk,” which involved the creation of walking paths in Durban and Johannesburg. In 2004, he participated in the “Streetlights” project, encouraging street kids of Johannesburg to create art in public spaces. In 2009, he received the South Award Design Indaba for his design of a mobile shop for street vendors.
Doung A. Jahangeer has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad, as well as exchange programs between international artists. In 2008, he cofounded an arts consulting group for creative and artistic experimentations called DALA.
Doung Anwar Jahangeer,
BlackLight – WhiteCoal, 2015, Philips Bulb 100 watts, 240volts, crushed coal from a South African mining company (Richard Bay),