The Kinshasa Times

July-November 2015

  • Artists
  • Cheri Cherin
    Cheri Benga
    Cheri Samba
    Djanny Moke
    Mfumu Eto 1st
    Berry Matundu
    Herge Makuzayi
    Moke (the father)
    Moke (the son)
    Sam Ilus
    Shula Mosengo
    Sim Simaro, Bodo
    Mouscou, Bodo Amani
    Gedeon Ndonda
    Jimmy Cherin
    Spin Art
    Teka
    Tresor Cherin
    Sam Ilus
    Maory Prince
    JP Kiangu
    Boduka Claude
    Herge Makuzayi
    Bosana

    During the past decade the Western art world has shown a growing interest in contemporary African art - but what does contemporary African art mean? Is it art produced by Africans who live in the urban centers of the continent and produce works that meet Western taxonomies and sensibilities? Is there room for a different kind of art that neither seeks nor meets the approval of Western establishments?

    The Kinshasa Times suggests that there is more to contemporary African art than mere alignment with Western preferences. Produced by self-taught artists, mainly from Kinshasa, the works in the exhibition function as repositories of vital social and cultural information. Simultaneously, they are critical commentaries on contemporary life and culture in Congo (DRC), confronting troubling realities by treating their subjects with a diverting mixture of humor and compassion.

    The works do not fit into the normative Western understanding of art and, rather, they eflect the social changes caused by urbanization, literacy and capitalism. Moreover, in a country that has spent more than 30 years under the authoritarian regime of Mobutu Sese Seko, who established a state monopoly on the press, and where the masses still perceive the newspapers, radio, and television as a magnified image of the ruling class, popular paintings function as social chronicles.

    The painters of The Kinshasa Times share their daily lives with the subjects of their paintings and as such their point of view is firmly rooted in the street life. The paintings speak as loudly as a pavement radio – broadcasting rumors, unofficial news and scandalous stories about local and national events. Expressing social and political consciousness, the paintings’ artistic means are simple and direct; they are valued mainly for their ability to tell a story and not as objects of aesthetic contemplation.

    This exhibition was made possible due to the generosity of Mr. Meir Levy, a resident of Congo and a passionate collector of Congolese popular art. After many years of collecting and personal acquaintance with the artists, he assembled one of the richest and most intriguing collections of Congolese popular art in the entire world. The ASG owes him special thanks.

    • Artists
    • Cheri Cherin
      Cheri Benga
      Cheri Samba
      Djanny Moke
      Mfumu Eto 1st
      Berry Matundu
      Herge Makuzayi
      Moke (the father)
      Moke (the son)
      Sam Ilus
      Shula Mosengo
      Sim Simaro, Bodo
      Mouscou, Bodo Amani
      Gedeon Ndonda
      Jimmy Cherin
      Spin Art
      Teka
      Tresor Cherin
      Sam Ilus
      Maory Prince
      JP Kiangu
      Boduka Claude
      Herge Makuzayi
      Bosana

    • Exhibition's Catalogue

    • http://africanstudiesgallery.org/catalogues/7-kinshasa-times.pdf

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    The African Studies Gallery
    Alrov Tower, floor 22
    46 Rothschild Boulevard
    Tel Aviv, 66883
    Israel

    Curator

    Idit Toledano

    Contact

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    info@africanstudiesgallery.org

    Opening Hours

    Sunday to Thursday: 10:00–17:00
    Saturday & Friday: Closed


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