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 KWANGA BARS 

 / AFROPEAN FUEL 

 M.A.L.O.#I the Afropea-   molecule_Belgian ceramics   &  Congolese rubber

 CONCEPT  

 The Kwanga bars series is being exhibited for the first time at Latitudes Art Fair 2020. 

 This installation will be exhibited from April to December 2021 at the Europe exhibition at   the  Royal Museum for Central Afrika in Belgium, at Mucem in Marseille, France, and at   Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. From September 2021 it will be part of   a large exhibition on my work at the deSingel Centre of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where my   new performance SPIRIT CAPITAL on fluid cultural, national and gender identity will be   presented. 

 

 Kwanga is Congolese bread made of manioc. Kwanga (“life” or “bread” in the Kikongo   language) refers to the African and European concepts of the daily bread, a nutritious staple   consumed daily by the majority of a country’s population. Kwanga has the characteristics of   white Congolese rubber. Like liquids, kwanga bars can be transformed into any shape. Like   solids, they are resilient, they can always return to their original shape. The consumption of   the bars liquifies your cultural, national and gender identity, making it fluid, the original state   of all humans being. Kwanga is the fuel that powers the reconstruction of an Afropean   physical and metaphysical reality that will reconnect us with the Afropean origins of   Europeans and Africans. Kwanga bars are a space of correlation between African and   European cultural traditions. Rubber—once a symbol of colonial domination—becomes a   symbol of power.

 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. 

 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. 

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New works from the Kwanga series are now exhibited and for sale at Latitudes Art Fair 2020. Visit:

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