A new exhibition, 53 Echoes of Zaire, depicts the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire. A former Belgian colony, native people suffered greatly at the hands of their colonial masters.
Congo Belge II, Kalema. 52.5 x 69cm, Acrylic on canvas.
'Colonie Belge' is a sub-genre that developed within the Lumumbashi art movement of the 70s. Paintings typically show Congolese people suffering graphic violence at the hands of Congolese prison officers or police while the white Belgian officer casually looks on.Colonie Belge II, Culture Obligatoire. Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu. 40 x 68cm, Acrylic on canvas.
This painting narrates the arrival of European explorers, starting with the Portuguese in 1487. This period was marked by slavery and forced labor and the paintings keep the memories alive.
Untitled by Kalema. 47 x 65.5cm, Acrylic on canvas.