Novelist, playwright, Congolese visual artist, Sinzo Aanza, 29, knows Kinshasa, alias Kin, like no one else, the violence of his polyphonic nights, streaked with power outages.
Following a blunder by the army, it is up to citizens from a working-class district of Kinshasa to decide how much compensation each of the families of the victims is entitled to. With a lightness of touch, Aristide Tarnagda brings to the stage a caustic debate on the socio-political situation in Congo and its prevailing cynicism.
Coproduced by Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Event organized within the framework of the Africa 2020 Season.
Stage director Aristide Tarnagda, himself an author and director of the festival Les Récréâtrales in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) where the show was created, invited eight actors from all over Africa, but also from France, to serve Aanza’s lyrical eloquence, to bring the poet’s city to life and experience “the capacity of dreams to rob the world of its misery”. The show, originally designed to be performed outdoors, is recreated here indoors. “Que ta volonté soit Kin”, Éditions Nzoi and Passage(s), libres courts au Tarmac, 2018 (in French).
Atelier Berthier, Paris 17e, as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris and “Africa 2020” season
February & June 2020: sessions of Ateliers de la Biennale
January & February 2021: Biennale Yango II
The biennial will discuss new paths for art with the city of Kinshasa, whose geographical and symbolic immensity mirrors the immensity of the Congo itself, as a physical and imaginary territory, fantasized and repulsive, overwhelming and desired. Its creative energy and inexhaustible vitality are an ideal setting for artistic creation, for which the city is known as one of the breeding grounds on the African continent.
Cur. Nadia Yala Kisukidi and Sara Alonso Gómez
Kinshasa, DR Congo
Sammy Baloji and Sinzo Aanza are taking part in the collective exhibition Kinshasa, la ville vue par ses artistes contemporains, cur. : Dominique Malaquais, Sébastien Godret, Fiona Meadows, Claude Allemand, and Éric Androa Mindre Kolo.
Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, Paris, France — co-produced with MIAM, Sète
Image: Sinzo Aanza, Épreuve d’allégorie, 2017. ph. Gaston Bergeret – Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, 2020.