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.
Comic artist Judith Kaluaji’s stories are inspired by the strong women in her environment in Kinshasa. In her comics the woman is everywhere: sometimes she is femme fatale, in her appearance and words, sometimes the opposite, but the artist always presents the image of a liberated and self-confident woman.
Rocky Production reveals some of the secrets of popular cartoonists and shows the printing process that makes his comics special.
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.