The US debut of our sister organisation Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) at SculptureCenter was named by the New York Times as “The most challenging show of the year”.

This inclusion in the ‘Best Art of 2017’ in The New York Times wrapped up a heated debate, which was held in the pages of Four Columns, Even, Art in America and Artforum.

And yet some of the critique was justified. CATPC’s show at SculptureCenter confirmed that exploitative value chains are still in place. Plantation workers from Central Africa were once again contributing to the accumulation of love, critique and singularity in NYC.

Therefore, IHA and CATPC proceeded in April 2017 with the Repatriation of the White Cube. A quintessential White Cube, designed by OMA, was inaugurated on a former Unilever palm oil plantation in Lusanga, DR Congo.

With the establishment of the White Cube, the mechanisms through which plantations underwrite the art world will be reversed. It will attract the capital and visibility needed to invent a new ecological and economic model on site: the post-plantation. Starting from 2018, plantation workers will develop this new model for landscape restoration together with Commonland.