Curators' tour of the exhibition "Style Congo. Heritage & Heresy"
Curators Sammy Baloji and Silvia Franceschini offer you a guided tour through the exhibition "Style Congo. Heritage & Heresy". The exhibition explores the politics of cultural representation and appropriation through contemporary artistic and architectural interventions as well as historic documents and materials from CIVA's Collections. The exhibition visually chronicles the representation of Congo in international expositions held between 1885 and 1958, using Art Nouveau as its anchor point. The movement—at the time also called “Style Congo”—coincided with King Leopold II’s exploitation of the Congo and reflects a widespread fascination with “exotic” materials and forms.