with: Jasmina Al-Qaisi & Ralf Wendt, Miguel Buenrostro, Jérôme Chazeix, Paulvi Ngimbi & Prisca Tankwey, Luiza Prado, Mukenge/Schellhammer
Partagisme – collective painting
The History of Memory - Performance by Koko Kabamba
Haus der Statistik – Haus A - 18 Uhr – 22 Uhr
Kontempo is a term that emerged as a neologism in Kinshasa's independent art scene. As a counter-narrative to Western-influenced academic discourse, "Kontempo" has established itself as a new code and a reinterpretation of the term "contemporary" in Kinshasa.
In Kinshasa, artists who are considered "contemporary" often work within a system of codes shaped by Western artistic norms, while at the same time negotiating so-called "typically African" themes from a supposedly Western perspective. This trend dominates international contemporary art and is part of the neo-colonial power structures. Laboratoire Kontempo questions these structures and therefore aims to develop new strategies for artistic creation in order to find new codes and use the existing ones differently.