The Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) was founded near Lusanga in the in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August 2014. The organization is a grassroots platform for the development of 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. Its programme is supported by the DOEN foundation.
Plantation workers Djonga Bismar, Mathieu Kilapi Kasiama, Cedrick Tamasala, Mbuku Kimpala, Mananga Kibuila, Jérémie Mabiala, Emery Mohamba, and Thomas Leba come from three plantations in the south of the DRC. Together with ecologist Rene Ngongo and the Kinshasa-based artists Michel Ekeba, Eléonore Hellio, and Mega Mingiedi they form the organisations leading personalities. Currently, the CATPC is actively recruiting new members.
Recent solo exhibitions:
MAMA, Albury, Australia, February 15 – April 14, 2019
SculptureCenter, New York, January 29 – March 27, 2017
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, February 7 – May 29, 2016
Recent group exhibitions:
Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, October 6 2018 –  January 20, 2019
Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP), Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam — June 23 – July 28, 2018
The Way Things Run, Part II: Cargo, PS120, Berlin — June 8 – July 7, 2018
#whatif, Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen —  March 17 – May 20, 2018
21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement  —  March 16 – June 11, 2018
The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, January 20 – May 7, 2018
Karachi Biennale, Pakistan, October 22 – November 5, 2017
The Repatriation of the White Cube, Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality (LIRCAEI), Lusanga — April 21 – 28 2017 (curated by CATPC)
Armory Show (Focus selection), New York, March 2-5, 2017
Transaktionen — Über Den Wert Künstlerischer Arbeit, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, June 1 – August 20, 2017
Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, February 19 – May 1, 2016
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