This cooperation of Congolese plantation workers develops new economic initiatives based on the production and sale of critical art. Through the launch of a creative economy, it aims to improve the economic position of its members and their communities.
With Commonland we develop with the plantation workers of the CATPC a new model for landscape restoration on the former plantations in Lusanga, based on the “4 returns approach” that comprised a Return of inspiration, Return of social capital, Return of natural capital and Return of financial capital.
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is responsible for designing the main infrastructure for the research center on the plantation in three subsequent stages, offering their services pro bono. Kinshasa-based JLP Concept is the executive architect of the project.
The Van Abbemuseum is artistic partner and advisor to the IHA and co-develops the artistic program on the settlement. The IHA has exhibited works from the Van Abbemuseum’s collection in Congo and the museum has shown CATPC sculptures at the Van Abbemuseum.
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV, VPRO, Intifilms and several other European broadcasters are developing with the IHA a feature-length documentary on the institute that will premiere in 2019.
The IHA is a four-year research program at KASK – School of Arts in Ghent. The Ghent University Association contributes to the operating budget, appointed two research assistants and sponsored the redesign of IHA’s website. Other then this, the KASK supports the development of an extended publication on the CATPC by editing directors Els Roelandt and Eva Barois De Caevel.
The Akademie der Künste der Welt aims to the create an intercultural dialogue within the arts. Focused on issues such as migration, responsibility, and non-Western art, the art academy is geared toward developing aesthetic processes that break down language barriers. The Academy supports the workshops in Congo.
The consultancy and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos is specialized in creating product-market combinations, offering marketable solutions to engineering problems. This firm added its technical expertise to the project by optimizing the production chain of chocolate with added feelings, from digital scanning to 3D-printing.
The Belgian-French group Barry Callebaut is the world leader in the processing of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products. The company is committed to sustainable cocoa production. Barry Callebaut sponsored the chocolate used for self-portraits.
The IHA has kindly been funded by:
ABN AMRO Culture Fund
AFK – Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
The Art of Impact
KASK – School of Arts in Ghent
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Prince Claus Fund
Stichting Educatie en Cultuur
Vlaams ministerie van Cultuur, Media, Jeugd