The medium of comics is widespread and very popular in large parts of Congolese society and in its multifaceted diversity, it combines various strategies of expression in the visual arts. In this digital project, the International Comic Salon Erlangen would like to present the variety of Congolese comics by means of individual contributions to particular phenomena and perspectives created in experimental and decolonial collaboration of the participating artists and curators from Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, the Congolese diaspora and Erlangen.
Yann Kumbozi is a scenarist, illustrator and publisher of his own auteur comics. In this interview he explains why fiction is often more interesting for him than reality.
Creating a comic strip requires a lot of work, especially for the cartoonist. Here the artists Barly Baruti and Al’Mata show their working methods and the special drawing techniques that makes their styles so extraordinary.
Curators Lydia Schellhammer and Christ Mukenge of the online project “Popular Images” together with artists Santa Kakese and Thembo Kash provide an insight into the Congolese comic scene. The video was shot at two central locations of Kinshasa’s comic scene: at the Academy of Fine Arts and in Lingwala, the artists’ quarter known especially for performances and installations in the public space.
A cultural exchange between continents. Artists from Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and the Congolese diaspora answer questions posed by the International Comic Salon Erlangen.