Czekoladowa głowa. Towar kolekcjonerski. Daniel Manenga Kibwila.. Renzo Martens Selected Works
As Congolese plantation workers cannot live off plantation labour, they will now try to live off their artistic engagement with plantation labour.
About Daniel Manenga:
Manenga is a smith and a farmer, but also trades palm oil. He recounts: ‘‘I had never tasted chocolate before, and for the first time in my life I had the chance thanks to the CATPC. But mostly my sculptures can now reach people that I will probably never meet, people to whom I could never talk to show them how we live here.’’
Renzo Martens, born in the Netherlands in 1973, studied Political Sciences in Nijmegen and Visual Arts in Ghent and Amsterdam. In his conceptual documentary films "Episode I" (2003) and "Episode III: Enjoy Poverty" (2008) Martens used his position as an artist to highlight the exploitation of underpriviledged people by media industries and cultural producers, including Martens himself. In 2010 Martens founded the Institute for Human Activities (IHA). It aims to create gentrification effects in the Congolese rain forest through the establishment of an international art centre there. IHA collaborates with local plantation workers and seeks to acknowledge the economic mechanisms through which art has the greatest impact on social reality, investigating possibilities of local improvement. Since 2013 Renzo Martens in a Yale World Fellow. He participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, the Moscow Biennale 2013, and the 6th and 7th Berlin Biennial in 2010 and 2012. He lives and works in Amsterdam, Brussels and Kinshasa. - See more at: http://www.kow-berlin.info/artists/renzo_martens#sthash.or7vLHkG.dpuf
- Self Portrait by Daniel Manenga Kibwila.. Renzo Martens Selected Works
INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN ACTIVITIES