On display at Maysles Cinema throughout Congo in Harlem 11
Photographs by Yole!Africa
In Partnership with the University of Nottingham
Photographs by Gosette Lubondo
Presented as digital projection
During the time of King Léopold II, British missionary photographer Alice Seeley Harris (1870 – 1970) took over a thousand photographs in Congo Free State. While her photography played an important role in “liberating” Congo from Léopold II, her gaze is distinctly colonial and portrays her subjects as suffering, bewildered, and inferior.
In 2017, the Goma-based cultural center Yole!Africa grappled with the contradictions of these images, launching a series of workshops entitled “Decomposing the Colonial Gaze.” The photos in this exhibition are a result of these workshops, which encouraged participants to explore colonial legacies and develop representational styles in response to Seeley Harris's work.
Transcend Art Contributors:
Bernadette Vivuya (journalist-filmmaker)
Guy Léger (photographer)
Maisha Maene (filmmaker)
Moustache Muhanya (filmmaker-photographer)
Abedi Mohamed (DOP)
Bénin Butatunda (filmmaker)
Shongo Mwafugwa (musician)
Dorine Mokha (dancer-choreographer)
Suzanne Lusali (photographer)
Sarah Mukadi (dancer-actress)
Kagoma Ka Twahirgwa (Filmmaker)
Co-presented by Yole!Africa
Gosette Lubondo is a photographer and visual artist based in Kinshasa, DRC. Her recent work explores the limits of mobility in a time when migration is a burning issue worldwide.
In her series “Imaginary Trip,” Gosette imprints tableaux-like scenes onto the crumbling colonial structures embedded in Congo's landscape. The result is a dream-like convergence of past and present, people and place, which transports viewers to a parallel dimension and provokes reflection on our world’s realities and its possibilities. Gosette reminds us that moving is internal as much as external. The carriages may be stationary, the school emptied, but she is the agent of her own travel. Daring to imagine is crucial to our mobility. Mobility is also a matter of the mind, a mind that oscillates between past, present, and future, and whose projections might one day become tangible.
Gosette has been featured in numerous exhibitions and is in several museum and private collections worldwide. Read more about her and “Imaginary Trip” at Axis Gallery