Today I find myself caught up between underground and mainstream art-when you’re a political activist and an artist, its very problematic to experiment with different types of art. However this could also be an advantage to find your creative niche. Its been a very challenging artistic journey for me as most of my life I’ve been on the move and living in diaspora. Today I still wish for that day when Congo could be totally peaceful, but the enemies of Congo are still out there and trying their best to destroy Congo.
Most of my Art is to inspire young Congolese to get into art and communicate to the world the plight of our people-we’re all born artists but we need the space and inspiration to find that art within us. My background is computer science and not art. The good thing with Art, is the ability to be able to express yourself with no limits.
We’re in very exciting times in terms of creativity-today, the tools of creativity are not exclusively controlled by a group of few people, but are now accessible by everyone who wants them. The most important thing for any artist, is to enjoy what they do and ignore critics as they can’t do what you do.
I never went to any art school or attended art classes, its all self taught. However, I’ve had the opportunity to get involved with big names in institutions such as the Royal Academy of arts,Tate Britain & Tate Modern,etc. also working with rebel artists around skate parks and graffiti collectives helped me to be a free stylist.
What is very important for any artist, is there Art to be seen and not kept away, also avoid to get into art for the purpose of making money as that will work against your experimentation, as Art is about experiments and fun.
Now as this space is available for me, expect to see more Congolese Underground Art.
The Other Underground Art
Most of Congolese problems are caused by bad politics influenced by external players
Being humorous about Congo today, is what one can do.
Corruption is killing Congo and not mentioning or talking about it is another injustice…
Having a space or platform t express your views is very important…
When Six Million lives are lost through a an aggression by foreign invaders, and the government doesn’t seek justice or commemorate them, then there’s something fundamentally wrong with that leadership.
What Congolese need today, is proper justice and compensation.
The people responsible for the genocide in Congo are known and are still being given red carpets by western governments.
To be continued