Anastasie Langu

Through her works, Congolese “artivist” Anastasie Langu is expressing her talents through photography. She wanted to become a lawyer- one can say that she’s now defending societal issues that are dear to her via the lens.

Photography came naturally to her, and since then her eyes and fingers have not stopped capturing images centered on the human condition. Colonization and its side effects such as freedom of movement, the place and role of women, specifically within the Congolese and African context where gender equality is a daily battle, and gender prejudices form the main themes of her work.

Working and living in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Anastasie Langu is an “artivist” who started photographing three years ago. She wanted to become a lawyer- one can say that she’s now defending societal issues that are dear to her via the lens. She uses her camera as a two-sided mirror. Heads: her work is an auto-portrait, her way of exteriorizing what she has gone through, her fears, but most importantly her outlook as a woman, photographer, Congolese, African, citizen of this world. Tails: her work calls each of one us to question him/herself, to question what he/she knows, what he/she believes to be true. Her work is a constant state of triangulation: the work, the person looking at it and the society.

Her work has been shown in Cameroon, Congo, Germany, and Senegal.

Highlights

Part of a young generation of artists who live and work in Kinshasa, Anastasie has participated in numerous exhibitions in several countries including DRC, Cameroon, Senegal, and Germany.