In Kinshasa, a dense, multi-faceted, active contemporary art scene is capturing the call of the present. Yango Biennial, founded in 2014 by artist Kiripi Katembo, advocates a specific format for its second edition, playing with the non-determinations of the idea of “contemporary art” – to support a multiplicity of art forms.
This second edition is not limited to one single event in space and time. It is diffracted, to defend the ideal of a shape-changing, processual Biennial, capable of asserting itself as a social force. It travels from district to district, striding over sites where dreams are awakened. By affirming Kinshasa’s centrality to the planetary art scene, Yango II creates a resonance – and a reasoning – between the Kinshasan, Congolese situation and other contemporary conditions. Half reprise, half new beginning, this second edition blends the disobedient histories of art and thinking in Congo and the worlds surrounding it. Its rallying cry is “Tokozela Lobi Te – We Will not Await Tomorrow.”
(For further information on the conceptual guidelines, click here: Curatorial statement)
The Yango II Biennial will reach the city of Kinshasa from November 5 to December 5, 2021. The open call for applications from artists who wish to participate will be open until January 31th, 2021.