LABORATOIRE KONTEMPO

ABOUT

“Kontempo” is a term that emerged as a neologism in the Kinshasa independent art scene. As a counter-narrative to the Western-influenced academic discourse, “Kontempo” has established itself as a new code and a reinterpretation of the term “contemporary” in Kinshasa.

Within the project, local and international artists, specialists, researchers and theorists work together in a transdisciplinary experimental space to question common structures of postcolonial power and dominant trends in international contemporary art scenes.

The focus is on an exchange between local perspectives from Kinshasa on topics that are discussed internationally but have a direct influence on daily life and artistic currents. These topics include stereotypes in the perception of Africa and African cultures, postcolonial realities and their power dynamics and linguistic, intellectual, and epistemic hierarchies.

EXHIBITION 2021/22

Within the project Laboratoire Kontempo 2021/22, developed in collaboration with Acud Macht Neu (Berlin), the focus lies on an exchange between local perspectives from Kinshasa and Berlin. As a laboratory for interactions, negotiation processes and conflicts, the Laboratoire Kontempo 2021/22 is a space in which multi-layered perspectives, practices and concepts are given room. Here, collaboration stands as an important strategy of decolonization. → More

The Team

Laboratoire Kontempo is a project founded by the Congolese/German duo Mukenge/Schellhammer in Kinshasa in 2019. Other team members in Kinshasa: Jean Kamba, Priska Tankwey, Cedrick Tshimbalanga and Paulvi Ngimbi.

For Laboratoire Kontempo 2021/22 we are joined by the team members at Acud Macht Neu in Berlin: Johannes Braun, Juliane Springsguth, Sophia Wetzke, Gabriela Matuszewska and Karen Jansa.

Contact

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Lydia Schellhammer, Christian Mukenge
Email: ylqvn_fpuryyunzzre@jro.qr, puevfg.zhxr@lnubb.se
Website: mukengeschellhammer.com

 

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Design & Programming

Design: Elsa Westreicher
Original drawing of the rat: Mukenge/Schellhammer
Website: Juan Pablo García Sossa & Max Wohlleber