Ariel Kasongo (DRC) is a visual artist who lives and works in Lubumbashi. He is interested in the working class areas of his city. Trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa, he is also a photographer, director and graphic designer. The work of Sammy Baloji and his attendance at the Picha Workshops, led by Lucrezia Cippitelli among others, has influenced his work.
His creations are characterized by strong colors that highlight ordinary people like bikers or bus drivers. In recent years, Ariel explores the urban environment of Lubumbashi and highlights it through portraits of women or the means of transportation symbolized by yellow buses.
With "Pillars" (2022), which he will present at the Lubumbashi Biennale, he questions the colonial past of Lubumbashi and goes back in time to the creation of Kamalondo, a former commune reserved for blacks before the independence of Congo.