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.
“His Majesty,” Papa Mfumu’eto 1er has declared himself emperor. His comics and paintings bring together spiritual worlds with Kinshasa’s everyday life and politics. A report by Ketshia Ngamala.
The newly published “207” by Santa Kakese and “Awa” by Yann Kumbozi are stories based on Congolese reality. These narrations offer a counter-narrative to the common narratives about Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo that are marked by stereotypical images and clichés.
Rocky Production’s Popular Comics are offered by many vendors in markets and schools. Cultural journalist Ketshia Ngamala investigates how Rocky and two vendors organise the distribution of the comics, what their customers like and why comics are more than a hobby for them.
Sebastian Loerscher is a illustrator and author living in Berlin. With pen and sketchbook he records his impressions as drawings, texts and image sequences. As part of the Africomics project of the Goethe-Institut he visited Kinshasa and documented his journey as a drawn reportage.