Congolese Minister of arts and culture lays the first stone of LIRCAEI

The Congolese minister of arts and culture Elvis Mutiri Wa Bashara laid the first stone of the Lusanga Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality (LIRCAEI) on 22 September. The ceremony coincided with the kickoff of the third edition of the international conference series The Matter of Critique, organised on the site of the future research centre.

The Matter of Critique gathered artists, academic thinkers, architects, economists and local diviners to further strategise opportunities for critical artistic engagement, in order to attract capital to the disenfranchised reality with which it is engaged.

In the past weeks, an enormous effort has been made to create a basic infrastructure on the former Unilever plantation, which will ameliorate the living conditions of the local community and enable them to host LIRCAEI guests. In addition to better housing, electricity and sanitation, the masterplan designed by OMA for this landslide includes a conference hall, artists studios, and a museum space, due to open in March 2017.

Furthermore, the CATPC started to plant its ‘pépinières’ – an experimental plantation – as part of their community program to revitalise the soil in Lusanga.

During the beginning of September, the first LIRCAEI artist-in-residence Jean Katambayi lived and worked at the settlement, where he collaborates with the artists of the CATPC. The newly created work was inaugurated as part of the conference programme, that otherwise consists of lectures, panel discussions, dance- and music performances and a special appearance of local diviners.

When? 22-24 September, 2016
Where? LIRCAEI – Lusanga Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality
Camp Kingangu Dibulu / Lusanga, Kwilu / RDC
4°50′ 24.000″ southern latitude / 18°42’ 5.900” east width

Download the full programme:
Matter of Critique III – complete programme

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