Colonial legacy, Postcolonial art production, Reappraisal of the colonial past
Kinshasa (Republik Kongo)
Freddy Mutombo is a Congolese artist, who works primarily in the field of photography. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa in 2002, he completed his training between 2013 and 2015 at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR) in Strasburg (France), where he was awarded the Diplôme national supérieur d'expression plastique (DNSEP) in 2015. Freddy Mutombo spent several years reflecting on and researching the photographs taken during the Belgian colonisation of Congo. In the course of this work, he organised the workshop “Journeys to Kinshasa” in 2013 for the city’s photographers in Kinshasa. In 2014 the impassioned historian discovered a small part of the photographic collection from his archive on the website of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. The discovery of these pictures and the shock that some of them caused motivated him to work on the artistic project Explorations, in which these photographs are integrated. The works he produced during the first phase on the project were presented in 2016 at the Orienta biennial for contemporary art in Oujda (Morocco), and in 2017 at the Kongo am Rheim festival in Basel (Switzerland).