Colonial Legacies:Contemporary Lens-Based Art and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nugent, Gabriella (2021) Colonial Legacies:Contemporary Lens-Based Art and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Leuven University Press, Leuven. ISBN 9789462702998

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In Colonial Legacies, Gabriella Nugent examines a generation of contemporary artists born or based in the Congo whose lens-based art attends to the afterlives and mutations of Belgian colonialism in postcolonial Congo. Focusing on three artists and one artist collective, Nugent analyses artworks produced by Sammy Baloji, Michèle Magema, Georges Senga and Kongo Astronauts, each of whom offers a different perspective onto this history gleaned from their own experiences. In their photography and video art, these artists rework existent images and redress archival absences, making visible people and events occluded from dominant narratives. Their artworks are shown to offer a re-reading of the colonial and immediate post-independence past, blurring the lines of historical and speculative knowledge, documentary and fiction. Nugent demonstrates how their practices create a new type of visual record for the future, one that attests to the ramifications of colonialism across time.

Item Type: Book
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 00:00
DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv1rh36pq

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