IN-PERSON: IAS Book Launch: Colonial Legacies

Thursday 24 February 2022

We welcome Gabriella Nugent for the launch of her new book. Respondents: Hélène Neveu Kringelbach and Ferdinand De Jong.

 

Colonial Legacies: Contemporary Lens-Based Art and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2021)

In Colonial Legacies, Gabriella Nugent examines a generation of contemporary artists born or based in the Congo whose lens-based art attends to the afterlives and mutations of Belgian colonialism in postcolonial Congo. Focusing on three artists and one artist collective, Nugent analyses artworks produced by Sammy Baloji, Michèle Magema, Georges Senga and Kongo Astronauts, each of whom offers a different perspective onto this history gleaned from their own experiences. In their photography and video art, these artists rework existent images and redress archival absences, making visible people and events occluded from dominant narratives. Their artworks are shown to offer a re-reading of the colonial and immediate post-independence past, blurring the lines of historical and speculative knowledge, documentary and fiction. Nugent demonstrates how their practices create a new type of visual record for the future, one that attests to the ramifications of colonialism across time.

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