/ AFROPEAN FUEL
M.A.L.O.#I the Afropea- molecule_Belgian ceramics & Congolese rubber
‘Kwanga’ is Congolese bread made of manioc. Kwanga referes to the African and European concepts of daily bread, a nutritious substance consumed daily by the majority of a country’s population. It is transformative energy, a fuel, a generator of life. Once heated and in a liquid state, kwanga has the characteristics of rubber. It can be transformed into any shape. Gunst’s father, Roland Gunst Sr, worked for 40 years in D.R.C. as a specialist in the production of rubber. Roland Gunst Sr was an alchemist working with rubber.
Afropean sacred clowns have a fluid identity. Their bodies are made of a white rubbery substance, the essence of Afropeanism. They consume Kwanga bars to maintain their bodies and minds in a liquid state, the true state of human beings.
Gunst decolonises Congolese rubber and liberates it from the history of domination and persecution by Belgium’s King Leopold II and neocolonialism.
Gunst sells white rubber bars as Afropean fuel bars. They liquify one’s body, identity and transform one into a sacred clown. Rubber has two unique qualities:
1) In a liquid state rubber can take any shape.
2) Once hard it is resilient. Human being are body en identities in constant movement/migration, evolving continually and systematically in cycles from a liquid state to a short moment of solid state.
Sacred clowns are in constant move to maintain their body in a liquid state. During their masquerades they contort their bodies (shape shifting) into thousands of positions/postures. Each position/posture expresses a single unique identity, reflection on or critique of identity and the human condition. Their masquerade represents identity in constant development, in a liquid state, a fluid identity.
Through their contortions and critical reflection sacred clowns liquify reality and manipulate physical and metaphysical matter (forms and concepts) to redefine reality.
Kwanga bars have the shape of one of the three Afropean palaces that will be built in the Belgian capital of Brussels. Their shapes refer to Congolese and Belgian ancient royal thumbs, portals or vehicles to another state/form/concept of existence. The palaces will be used as spaces of transformation/communion where the population will be transformed into Afropeans.
By concuming Kwanga the human body becomes the portal or vehicle to another state/form/concept of existence.
Kwanga bars are a space of correlation between African and European cultural traditions.