First solo exhibition of Sinzo Aanza
May 17 – July 28, 2018
A SAGA OF HUMILIATIONS AS “NATIONAL IDENTITY”
The conflicts that plagued DR Congo from 1996 to 2013 fostered the emergence of a collective identification, whereas such ideals and
political ideologies as Zairianisation, in other words the call for a return to authenticity, hadn’t been widely accepted by society. Fuelled by
nationalist representations since the end of the 1960s, the question of national identity seems to be bogged down in feelings of anger
that are expressed in the form of politically motivated lynchings.
The exercise of power in its forms of social domination and delegated or selfproclaimed authority, with either a spiritual aura or supported by patronage,
is both similar to and far removed from the act of lynching the people who embody these different forms of power. Similar and far-removed because
of the dramatic nature of the rhetoric, gestures and actions involved, in short by their language within a framework that is, as far as the powers that be are concerned, symbolically restrained and conversely excessive for lynching.