Sinzo Aanza is a young Congolese author whose practice is gradually turning towards the field of contemporary art. His poetical and irreverent way of writing questions the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the image that has been constructed of this country that “has always been the property of investors and preferably foreign ones”. His visual and literary work is fuelled by such themes as the exploitation of the country’s natural resources, the representations of national identity and their excesses and the construction of an image of the Congo since the colonial period.
In his first novel, Généalogie d’une banalité (2015) Aanza addresses the Congo’s wealth of mineral resources by means of a story that is both lucid and absurd. In 2017, Sinzo Aanza was in residence at the Wiels art centre in Brussels, where he began work on an installation, “Projet d’attentat contre l’image” which was exhibited at the Biennale de Lyon 2017.