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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, a young African artist coming from the Democratic Republic of Kongo (DRC), draws influence from the cultural diversity, hybridity and complexity of his hometown Kinshasa.
BY Elena Martinique | PUBLICATION Wallpaper
Offering an intelligent approach to popular culture by revealing anxieties and joys born of African urbanism, his art speaks of a young culture enraptured by commercialism and modernity. His latest works will be presented in his first solo exhibition in October Gallery, which is at the same time his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom. The show will feature his new works from the present series Mangbetu where he explores a difficult situation of the Mangbetu people, an ethnic group of warrior extraction in the DRC.
ARTIST – Democratic Republic of Congo
Born in Africa’s third largest urban area, Eddy Ilunga Kamuanga draws influence from the cultural hybridity and structural complexity of Kinshasa. In spite of the limiting conditions imposed by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile conditions, the artist’s paintings emerge out of a materially rich visual world of patterns and textures. Having recently set up an artist collective, Kamuanga’s persevering vision is characteristic of the vibrant intellectual community that continues to flourish in Central Africa. Often as bystanders to the political and social turmoil to which they are subjected, in a place where lives are too often derailed by urban delinquency and crime, Kinois artists are increasingly compelled to produce art that gives voice to their inner desires and hopes for the future.
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