KINSHASA – Pascal Maître/MYOP

Exhibition From February 21 to March 11 | Institut Français de Birmanie

Opening | 21 February 2020 

By Pascal Maître

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a melting pot of chaos,
overflowing with energy and maddeningly unregulated. More than 85% of the population
works in the informal sector and everyone who wants to survive in this maelstrom has to be an entrepreneur, wheeling and dealing to make a dollar or two to live another day. This
struggle leads to an inherent sense of creativity. Kinshasa has given Africa some of its
greatest artists, such as the painters Chéri Samba and Chéri Cherin, the sculptor Freddy
Tsimba, the sculptor and modelmaker Bodys Isek Kingelez, and the legendary musician
Papa Wemba.