Isaac helped establish the first Indigenous rights organisation in D.R. Congo in the mid-1990s. He was imprisoned because of his activism by the rebel regime that occupied the area from 1998 to 2003, but managed to escape and flee to Nairobi with his wife and 10 children, later registering as a refugee with UNHCR and being resettled in Australia. A key reason I became interested in this project was the lack of good first-person narratives by Congolese about the Congo Wars.
Still a Pygmy brings to life the political and social themes of contemporary Central Africa, and makes them accessible for undergraduates. It is available in paperback and as an ebook through Amazon and other bookshops.
Kindoki est un film de court-métrage basé sur un jeune garçon appelé Placide aux côtés de sa petite sœur Rosie , qui vivaient avec leurs mère à Paris , avant d’être envoyé à leurs tante à Londres . Luttant pour les élever , leur mère Mariam pensé que ce serait Continue reading Kindoki: Nouveaux court-métrage Congolais→
Community Arts North West has recently delivered a new and unique Congolese Heritage project called Lisapo – The Congolese Tales (funded by Heritage Lottery Fund).
Lisapo focused on the narrative oral histories and cultural traditions of the Congolese community which has been migrating to Britain since the late 1980’s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war.
The project also includes the Lisapo oral histories archive which is available for the public to access at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive at Manchester Central Library, and the North West Sound Archive.
Returning to London for its second edition, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair brings the African art world to an international stage. Notable participating galleries include October Gallery, Taymour Grahne Gallery, and ArtLab Africa, among others, and mediums range from sculptures and installations, to paintings and multimedia works. As a forum for showcasing African artists and projects related to Africa, 1:54 highlights the latest offerings and insights into the growing market for African art.
1. When? Where? How?
1:54 takes place October 16th–19th at Somerset House, London, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the fair.
2. Why visit?
In its second edition, 1:54 is unique in that it is designed for promoting African art and African-related projects. Showcasing work from 27 galleries, 1:54 offers an inside look at the innovations and contemporary movements emerging from Africa. In addition, it will include an extensive educational and artistic program curated by Koyo Kouoh, curator and founding director of RAW Material Company, a center for art in Dakar. The programming will include lectures, film screenings, and discussions between leading curators, artists, and art advisors.
Wanna find out more why not take a glimpse at this years exhibition by clicking on this Gallery
Despite being ravaged by war and poverty, the Democratic Republic of Congo has produced the world’s first all-black symphony orchestra, which has grown from a small group with home-made instruments to a respected international outfit.