Kinshasa Performers

by Aude Osnowycz

 

 

Kinshasa Performers

by Aude Osnowycz

In the midst of Kinshasa's indescribable social and political chaos, the performers roam the streets of the capital in the midst of horns, dust and pollution, in DIY cosmonaut outfit, covered with ceringues, colored painted dolls, tins, recycled phones, rubber, medicine boxes, etc. in order to denounce pollution, the looting of Congolese wealth, disease, war.Creators of artisanal street art with great creative power, experts in recycling materials, they are the emissaries of a people plagued by extreme poverty and armed conflict.

In Their artistic approach, African Ancestral art is the backbone of all creation. Their masks and their costumes abound with references to ancestors, animal cults, ancestral beliefs. They are the prophets of Africa and no longer a special element in the Congo and the Chauvre Islands.

It is not about the future of the question and the future of the question as if they were the same thing. In this case, the Roots are affixed to the actuaries' palettes.
These attempts to reconcile past and future, ancestral traditions and modern affinities of the contradictions of the statement of the mondanization of many evils and the dehumanization of individuals. From the Performative approach, the goal of performers is also to awaken the consciences often asleep by the deceptive attraction of the benefits of modernity.
"Floryan, "Medicine Man" ( a costume made with plaquettes of drugs)"
Floryan denounces the diseases from which the Congo suffers (malaria, ebola, malaria etc ...) and the absence of a healthcare system for the poorest because, for example, drugs are paying and too expensive for a large part of the population.

"Paty, "Satonge" (the one-eyed man) comes from a Congolese tale about the evil eye. He denounces the abandonment of ancestor worship"
Paty, "satonge" (l'homme à un seul oeil) vient d'un conte congolais sur le mauvais oeil. Il dénonce l'abandon du culte des ancêtres

"Kill Bill: "Apocalypse 13". He talks about the changes taking place in the world, especially through COVID. The costume aimed at the awakening of the consequences and the opportunity to seize his destiny"
Kill Bill : "Apocalypse 13 ". Il parle des changement qui surviennent dans le monde, notamment via le COVID. Le costume visa à l'éveil des consicences et l'opportunité de saisir son destiny

"Paty, "The weight of life". Everyone must take charge of their destiny, whether they are men or women, even in the DRC where the social and economic conditions are alarming as well as the conflicts."
Paty, " le poids de la vie". Chacun doit prendre en charge son destin, qu'il soit homme ou femme, même en RDC où le condition sociales et économiques sont alarmantes ainsi que les conflits.

"Spiritus "Bitala tala" (the bad ) denounces the ravages of television the spirits, the corruption of the mores and the standardization of the company."
Spiritus "Bitala tala" ( le mauvais), denonce les ravages de la télévision les esprits, la corruption des moeurs et l'uniformisation de la société.

"Sarah: "boloko" (prison) denounces forced marriages which make women prisoners"
Sarah : "boloko"(prison) dénonce les marriage forcés qui rendent les femmes prisonnières

"Sarah: "boloko" (prison) denounces forced marriages which make women prisoners"
Sarah : "boloko"(prison) dénonce les marriage forcés qui rendent les femmes prisonnières

"Papenoir "mulinga na milinga" (pollution). The costume is made of electronic wire spring exhaust pipes. He denounces the attacks on the environment but also. health crises would come from this failure to respect nature."
Papenoir "mulinga na milinga" ( pollution). Le costume est fait tuyaux d'échappement ressort fil électronique. Il dénonce les atteintes à l'envirronement mais aussi. les crises sanitaire viendraient de ce non respect de la nature.

"Spiritus. In this work he denounces the feeling of omnipotence prevalent among fetishists but also the power of them over the population, often involving less access to medicine."
Spiritus. Dans cette oeuvre il dénonce le sentiment de toute puissance répandu chez les féticheurs mais aussi les pouvoir de ces derniers sur la population impliquant souvent une marchandisation et moindre accès à la médecine.

"Spiritus. In this work he denounces the feeling of omnipotence prevalent among fetishists but also the power of them over the population, often involving less access to medicine."
Spiritus. Dans cette oeuvre il dénonce le sentiment de toute puissance répandu chez les féticheurs mais aussi les pouvoir de ces derniers sur la population impliquant souvent une marchandisation et moindre accès à la médecine.

"Junior: "Mvunzi masks". Junior transforms old masks called "Mvunzi" into contemporary creations made from recycled elements
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Junior : "Masques Mvunzi". Junior transforme des masque ancien appelés "Mvunzi" en créations contemporaines faite d'élements recyclés

"Floryan, "the syringe man" (costume made entirely of syringes) denounces the ravages of AIDS, in particular aimed at contaminated syringes because they have been used several times because of their price."
Floryan, "l'homme seringue" (costume fait entièrement de seringues) dénonce les ravages du sida, notamment visa les seringue contaminée car utilisée plusieurs fois du fait de leur prix.

"Floryan, "the syringe man" (costume made entirely of syringes) denounces the ravages of AIDS, in particular aimed at contaminated syringes because they have been used several times because of their price.
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Floryan, "l'homme seringue" (costume fait entièrement de seringues) dénonce les ravages du sida, notamment visa les seringue contaminée car utilisée plusieurs fois du fait de leur prix.