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.
The young Congolese cartoonist Santa Kakese uses social networks as a distribution platform like many of her artist colleagues of this generation. Offering unlimited circulation, social networks allow artists to participate public life on their own terms.
The filmmakers Tétshim and Frank Mukunday provide an insight into their work connecting experimental animation films and comics as artistic techniques.
Asimba Bathy illustrates Congolese history. An interview of the comic artist with the Mukenge/Schellhammer about his new work “Lumumba. A man. A story. A destiny.”
Jean Kamba, art critic and researcher, focuses his attention here on the contemporary painting practice of the artist Mfumu’eto in close relation to his influences of “popular” comics.