10.08.2022 — 11.06.2022

Exhibition at the National Museum of Lubumbashi: "The Web of Life", "The Radiating Company" & "Fiction Congo"

Opening 2pm with the Gécamines Brass Band

The Web of Life

Curatorial Statement for curatorial program titled “The Web of Life” by Paula Nascimento and Bruno Leitão as part of the Toxicity overarching theme proposed by Association Picha.

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman; Helena Uambembe; Jota Mombaça; Luis Camnitzer; Pamina Sebastião; Paulo Nazareth; Rogelio Lopez Cuenca & Elo Vega.

“We believe that, by experiencing our bodies as ancestral matter, we are able to articulate the dense and violent histories of extraction that are inscribed in the colonized land, as well as to connect with the infinite potential for healing and earthly resilience that form our anti-colonial lives and desires.” Jota Mombaça

Our proposal congregates a group of artists whose works question the dichotomy of living and non-living beings in the frame of extractivism.

They address the historical legacy of extractive industries, its numerous manifestations in the daily life of us all, and the reconfiguration of bodily and land borders in the capitalocene.

Some works are speculative, while others invoke the importance of small acts as having a revolutionary potential. Even the potential for Art to be an agent of change and critical reflection. These different perspectives configure real alternative positionings in the relation to nature, humans as part of nature, and Art as a fundamental vehicle for speculation and a radical channel for learning and questioning.