SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

La Sape and Other Local Imaginaries in Kinshasa

La Sape and Other Local Imaginaries in Kinshasa
Various Speakers

Date: 13 May 2022Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 13 May 2022Time: 3:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Symposium

About this Event

From a ‘reservoir of miseries’, a euphoric and optimistic rhetoric has emerged, the future now being African, the continent being set to soon overtake China and the other BRICS as a new global creative and economic force redrawing the picture of the world.

– Felwine Sarr on the recent changes in the narratives around the African continent in Afrotopia (2016).

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is without a doubt one of the main agents in this process, its capital, Kinshasa, being projected to reach a population of 83 million inhabitants by 2100. The DRC with largest coltan and cobalt reserves in the world is the centre in the global dynamics of extractive capitalism. Beyond fascination or catastrophism, this online symposium presents four voices, looking at the work of artists, designers and writers working today out of Kinshasa. These talks will present various positions from the fields of contemporary art, fashion and writing, to gauge the pulse of artistic production in the African city and explore the ways artists and designers address the necessity of articulating new local imaginaries in the face of accelerated technological and economic changes.


The talks will be in French with English subtitles for pre-recorded talks and simultaneous translation for the live sessions.


The event can be joined in person in London at SOAS Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre or online via a Zoom webinar link.

Organised by

Académie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa
Afterall Research Centre
CSM Fashion and Fashion Communication
CSM Fine Arts
LCF Centre for Fashion Curation
SOAS University of London


This event is open to the public, however registration is required. Online registration

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