The IHA works closely with various partners, both in Congo and abroad.

The Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) is the main partner with whom it has set-up the Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality and with whom it establishes the Curriculum.

Academic partners

The IHA engages furthermore with three academic institutions. It has firstly been supported by the University College Ghent, and has later on also partnered with Yale University in New Haven and the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne.

KASK – School of Arts, Ghent – Belgium
From 2012 onwards, the IHA forms a research program at KASK, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. The Ghent University Association provides an operating budget and the appointment of two research assistants.

Yale University, New Haven
Renzo Martens, artistic director of the IHA, was appointed on the basis of his work in Congo as one of 16 participants in the Yale World Fellow Program in 2013. He continuous to be part of Yale’s network of World Fellows.

Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne
The Akademie der Künste der Welt aims to create an intercultural dialogue within the arts. The Akademy supports the IHA’s Curriculum in Congo.

Other partners

Barry Callebaut
The production and content of the sculptures conceived by the plantation workers has been made possible by Barry Callebaut, the world’s biggest manufacturer of chocolate and cacao products.

Witteveen+Bos is an international engineering consultancy that offers designs and engineering for water, infrastructure, environment and construction projects. Witteveen+Bos will provide it’s expertise and support in creating a blueprint for bypassing global value chains at the IHA’s Research Centre in Congo.

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven – The Netherlands
The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is artistic and financial partner of the IHA’s programme in Congo. In 2014 the Van Abbemuseum has shown pieces from the museum collection at the IHA’s Research Centre in Congo, and showed the work of CATPC members at its exhibition Confessions of the Imperfect 1848-1989-Today in Eindhoven. The IHA and CATPC are currently preparing a large show with the Van Abbemuseum.

Pieter van Huystee Film & TV, VPRO and Intifilms
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 2017.


The IHA has kindly been funded by:

KASK – School of Arts Ghent
Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne
Mondriaan Fund
The Art of Impact
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
Outset Netherlands
Prince Claus Fund
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Stichting Educatie en Cultuur

This research project is funded by the University College Ghent Research Fund.