Maliyamungu Muhande is a Congolese artist, filmmaker and producer based in New York. 

Her documentary short, ‘Nine Days a Week’ about NYC street photographer Louis Mendes, screened at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, 2020 Doc NYC festival, and was selected by the 2020 National Board of Review. She is currently developing it into a feature length film. In 2020, Muhande led a six-week summer program in partnership with the ENGN Civic Creative Center and Sullivan County Center for Workforce with underserved teenagers in Monticello, New York, teaching them how to create their own documentaries. She was recently the curatorial advisor for curator Amy Rosenblum Martín’s (she/ella) Adjani Okpu-Egbe exhibition “on Delegitimization and Solidarity: Sisiku AyukTabe, the Martin Luther King Jr. of Ambazonia, the Nera 10, and the Myth of Violent Africa”   (2021-2022) at ISCP, which Hyperallergic named one of NYC's Top 10 Exhibitions of 2021.

This quadrilingual (Swahili, Lingala, French, English) artist is currently a fellow and artist-in-residence at Adobe x Sundance Ignite (2021-2022), International Studio and Curatorial Program (2022) and Creative Culture at Jacob Burns (2022). Herfilmmaking and artistic practice  actively refuses and unlearns colonial norms by all means necessary. Her work is rooted in inquisitiveness around identity, Blackness, and her diasporic history.

Informed by Socratic questioning within her documentary work, Muhande’s art practice transforms as her themes of longing, identity, and diaspora expand  formally. As a curator, she  interdisciplinary methodologies from theater to performance art to social practice art to textiles. As an artist, Muhande has participated in exhibitions –”Black Beyond” (Parsons Cloud Salon), “Art Island” (curated by Alexander Zev). She finds inspiration from her newfound institutional support, and pays it forward by collaborating with fellow artists and presentings their work as well.