SC Conversations: Matter of Critique Part IV

SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY, United States
29 Jan 2017

SC Conversations: Matter of Critique Part IV

Collective CATPC Cartography - © Léonard Pongo_PNG6625.jpg Collective CATPC cartography, 2016. Photograph from forthcoming CATPC publication. © Léonard Pongo

On Sunday, January 29 from 2pm to 5:30pm, SculptureCenter will host Matter of Critique Part IV. This foundational conversation on the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) will provide an overview of CATPC activities and collaborators in Congo and within the international contemporary art world.

Conference participants include Ariella Azoulay, Brown University; Simon Gikandi, Princeton University; Eléonore Hellio, CATPC; David Joselit, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Mathieu Kilapi Kasiama, CATPC; Ruba Katrib, SculptureCenter; Renzo Martens, Institute for Human Activities; Els Roelandt, KASK/School of Arts, Ghent; and Michael Taussig, Columbia University.

CATPC is an expanding art collective co-founded with the Institute for Human Activities in 2014 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Plantation workers Djonga Bismar, Mathieu Kilapi Kasiama, Cedrick Tamasala, Mbuku Kimpala, Mananga Kibuila, Jérémie Mabiala, Emery Mohamba, and Thomas Leba, ecologist René Ngongo, and the Kinshasa-based artists Michel Ekeba, Eléonore Hellio, and Mega Mingiedi are its leading personalities. The Institute for Human Activities has been working in the Congo since 2012, and Dutch visual artist Renzo Martens is its founder.

Creating sculptures with cacao as a primary material, the artists that comprise the CATPC are plantation workers who harvest raw material for international companies. The Congolese plantation laborers use material sourced from cacao plantations worldwide to make artworks and subsidize their low wages, which allows them to occupy another place in the global value chain, one normally reserved for middle-class artists. This exhibition will include existing and new sculptures and drawings produced by members of the CATPC, as well as materials about the larger activities and context of their work and collaborations in the Congo.

RSVP here.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
2pm to 5:30pm



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