Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Congolese, b. 1981

A prominent figure among the young painters from the DRC, Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo was born in Kinshasa in 1981. He studied Visual Arts at the Academy of Kinshasa, receiving a diploma from the Institute of the Art Schools as well as from the Art Academy in 2000 and 2003. He continued his studies at the School of Decorative Art in Strasbourg and has since taught at the Academy of Kinshasa and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

He was a member of the collective of young Congolese artists. They tried to explore with passion and engagement free and innovating creations. The collective was constituted as a framework to exchange the different experiences in their lives, spirits and expressions, but also to fight for human rights and their freedom. All the attempts are articulated around a concept which is called “the librisme”. This is a movement of young revolutionary thinking artists in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries in the African continent by being opposed to colonial and old school academic art.

His current work investigates questions about this new society, the cultural encounter of humans as well as the dialogues between peoples from different parts of the world.

The images created in this body of work are compilations of various body parts from different images cut from popular international fashion magazines. These compositions are also inspired by the various countries he has travelled and worked in around the globe.

Vistshois Mwilambwe declares that his art provides the creative space for experimentation, a territory in which he tries to co-habit painting, installation, performance and the act of joining recycled images from fashion magazines and photographs. He uses all the means of expression available to him as a vehicle, a lens through which he highlights the political, social and economic situation in the world staging interventions through his work by recreating.

His technique of using cuttings to compose figures, bodies, portraits and heads starting from fragments of faces and body parts cut out from reviews in fashion magazines. The multitude of unknown bodies is a way for him to recreate the human body in a new society. This questions the variety of races. According to the artist, the body is mutilated and chaotic, confronting us with the frenzied situation reflected in current political and socio-economic trends in Africa and worldwide.

He affirms that art is neither limiting nor restrictive; instead it reflects the openness and dialectical denial of physical, geographical and mental boundaries. To him, globalization leads to continuous random exchanges. His work is an expression of resistance to homogenization, to the creation of a world of uniform people, but also a reaction to the confusion of aesthetic codes and cultural references. His approach is meant to present and examine the problems of Africa in particular and the world in general. He creates art to visualize things in a different way, through elements simultaneously hidden and revealed.

Bondo has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, with Gallery MOMO, and further afield in Belgium, New York and across the African continent. In 2011 he was artist in residence at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, the French Cultural Centre in Pointe – Noire (DRC) and at the International Arts Centre in OMI, New York (USA). In the same year he was the Francis Greenburger Fellow for Managing and Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict.

Solo exhibitions Solo Exhibitions


2011 – The Gallery MOMO, Johannesbourg, S.A. curated by Monna Mokoena
2011 – The French Cultural Center, Pointe – Noire, Congo. By the curator ERIC Gerald Miclet
2010 – NOMADE ART GALLERY, Brussels in BE 

2009 – French Cultural Center, Pointe Noire, Congo
2007 – Galery Pierre Hallet, Brussels, BE

 

 

Group exhibitions

2010 – Cool Art, Festival Couleur Cafe Brussels, BE
2010 – Brave New Worlds, (Theatre der Welt) Essen, GER
2010 – Accents d’ingéniosité (Bicici), by curator Yakouba konate, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2009 – Banyan Project in Berlin, GER
2009 – Licht aan Zee AA, Kunsthal 52, by curator Georges Hanna, Den Helder, NL
2009 – I want to be famous, Moba Art gallery, Brussels, BE
2009 – Avant – premiere, Claude samuel Art gallery, paris, FR
2009 – French cultural center, pointe noire, Congo
2009 – Dialogue, De Markten, brussels, BE
2008 – Open studio, Rijksakademie Van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
2007 – Kinshasa – Lubumbashi, MAMAC, Lieges, BE
2007 – Yambi project by curator, Roger pierre turine,BE : Monos Art Gallery, Lieges, BE
2007 – Centre wallonie brussels, paris, FR : Musée de Louvain –la–neuve, BE
2007 – Botanic, Brussels, BE
2007 – Jobek Park Project, Johannesburg, SA
2007 – Contemporary Art of africa in Espal, Le Mans, FR
2006 – KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Brussels, BE
2006 – PROGR – Zentrum Fur Kulturproduktion, French cultural Center, Bern, CH
2005 – Boulev’Art Contemporary Art in the street, Cotonou, Benin
2003 – Brazza project, Brazzaville, Congo
2004 – Young kinoise creation, French cultural center, Kinshasa, RDC
2003 – Brazza project, Brazzaville, Congo
2003 – Kin wenze wenze, Ecole des beaux – arts de kinshasa, RDC
2001 – Jua – kali, kinshasa, D.R.Congo
2001 – Caritas, Brussels, BE
2001 – South center, cap – town, SA : Academie des beaux – arts de Kinshasa
2000 – Academie des beaux – arts de kinshasa, RDC
2000 – Cultural center Boboto, Kinshasa, RDC
2000 – Academie des beaux – arts de Kinshasa

 

 

Performances

2009 – French Cultural Center, Pointe Noire, Congo
2007 – Election in DRCongo, Center wallonie Brussels, Paris, FR
2007 – Body in transfer, musee de louvain–la–neuve, BE
2007 – Congo under perfusion, Urban scenography, Kinshasa, DRC
2007 – Congo under perfusion, Botanique, Brussels, BE
2007 – Body of sick congo, Urban scenography, Kinshasa, DRC
2005 – Body and power, Ecole des arts decoratifs, Strasbourg, FR
2005 – Untitle, Group art 3, Contemporary art gallery, Ecole des arts decoratifs, Strasbourg, FR
2005 – Africa of war, Ecole des arts decoratifs, Strasbourg, FR

 

 

Residencies

2011 – Residence at the International Arts Center (OMI), New York, U.S.A.
2011 – Residence at the Gallery MOMO, Jouhannesburg, S.A.
2011 – Residence at the French Cultural Center, Pointe – Noire, Republic of Congo.
2010 – Brave New Worlds, (Theatre der Welt) Essen, Germany
2010 – Brave New Worlds, Guangzhou, China

2009 – Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
2008 – Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
2007 – Jobek park Project, Johannesburg, South Africa
2006 – 2007 Urban Scenographie, Kinshasa, RDC
2006 – Progr (Kinbejozi), Bern, Switserland
2005 – Boulev’Art Contemporary Art in the street, Cotonou, Benin
2005 – Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, FR
2004 – Frensh cultural center, Kinshasa, RDC
2003 – Brazza Project, Brazzaville, Congo

 

 

Educations

2008 – 2009 Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten researcher in Art/Science, Amsterdam, NL
2006 – Academie des Beaux-Arts de kinshasa, RDC
2004 – 2005 Ecole des Arts Decoratif de Strasbourg, FR
2000 – 2003 Academie des Beaux-Arts de kinshasa, RDC
1994 – 2000 Institut des Beaux-Arts de kinshasa, RDC

Awards

2011 – Francis Greenburger Fellowship on Managing and Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict
2009 – Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2008 – ARCADIS, Amsterdam, NL
2008 – Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2005 – Art Moves Africa
2004 – French Ministry of Education, EGIDE

Bibliography Catalogues


– AFRIQUE, ASSUME ART POSITION!, Project by Primo Giovanni Marella, Curated by Yakouba Konaté: 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107
– Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT Edition MOLESKINE ( November, 2010 )
– Les Arts du Congo D’hier nos a jours by roger pierre turine. Page 118,119,120, 121, 122,123,124,125,126,127
– Edition La Renaissance du Livre 2007, Brussels, BE
– Catalogue, Theater der Zeit, Page 17,18,19,20, Essen, Germany Catalogue
– Art Brussels 2009. Catalogue of exhibition in Saint-Denis, Reunion: Rouge Gorge N 10: Page 49,50,51 – November 2009
– Catalogue of exhibition, Kinshasa – Lubumbashi, Page 99,100,101, 102, 103. MAMAC, Lieges, BE, 2007
– Catalogue of exhibition Accents d’ingéniosité : Bicici , Page 10 Abidjan, Ivory coast, May-Jun 2010

Magazines


– Art Antiques Auctions, Number 410, Page 17, jun, july 2010 Brussels, BE
– BE Art Antiques Auctions, Number 376, Page 14, jun 2006 Brussels, BE
– Afriscope, september, october 2007, N 02 page 16, 17
– Afrik’Arts august 2007, N 06 – page 20, 21, 33
– Le magazine des arts visuals africa visual arts What exhibition venues?
– Culturesfrance, SUD, Number 01, page 03, january, April 2007
– Articles (selection) La libre Belgique: arts libre, Number 26, page 14,15, jun, july 2010
– La libre Belgique: arts libre, Number 17, page 1, 3 : 15-21, may 2009
– La libre Belgique: arts libre, Number 14, page 4, 24-29, april 2009
– La libre Belgique, page, 24 of october 2007 LE VIF l’express
– Edition LUC PIRE, page, 2/2 , 21 of september 2007