Magloire Mpaka

He’s part of a new generation of Congolese photograph who has decided that his camera is his microphone to contribute to the advancement of the society. His most recent works included a series on Congolese history and the role of memory.

Born in Kinshasa, it is natural that Kinshasa, with its 16 million souls, is his playground, his muse, where he tries to capture the history, the daily triumphs and tribulations of people and things. People have souls and emotions, so do things.

When black and while is used to capture a flat ontop a roof or a man carrying a woman during a torrential downpours, he also works in color to initiate a dialogue on the state of the Congolese society. Subtle, insignificant at first glance but full of weight.

He’s part of a new generation of Congolese photograph who has decided that his camera is his microphone to contribute to the advancement of the society. His most recent works included a series on Congolese history and the role of memory.

A young photographer from the Kinshasa Academy of Fine Arts, Magloire Mpaka uses a logic of taking photos on the spot, capturing moments, facts and phenomena, restoring them artistically in order to deduce the underlying political discourse.

In the ranks for a voting day, a lover who carries his beauty in the rain, a flag upside down: these snapshots populate his photographic work.

For Kongo Moko 2, the artist presents Patrimonial, a series of 10 installations. Patrimonial focuses on the collection of photos and images from the colonial and current era; those of Kinshasa, his native city, as well as cultural artifacts preserved in European museums.

With his camera, he captures images that, as a watermark, express disapproval of the place occupied by the notion of private and collective memory in his society. It is about both concrete and abstract values presented through elements such as flags, stamps and ancestral works of art. This project seeks to build a bridge between the past, the present and the future. Magloire lives and works in Kinshasa. In 2017, he represented the DRC at the 8th Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Highlights

With his camera, he captures images that, as a watermark, express disapproval of the place occupied by the notion of private and collective memory in his society.