Lunch & Learn: Contemporary Congolese Artists and Memory
In a recent conversation with UCLA students about her photographic series Imaginary Trip, currently on view at the Fowler, artist Gosette Lubondo explained that Congolese people are always thinking about memory. While this may not be unique to those from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is the case that many Congolese artists today are investigating collective and personal memories. Join us for a presentation by the exhibition co-curator Elaine Ericksen Sullivan, who will consider Lubondo’s photography alongside the work of other contemporary Congolese artists who delve into local histories.
Elaine Ericksen Sullivan is co-curator of Gosette Lubondo: Imaginary Trip and the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral curatorial fellow for the arts of Sub-Saharan Africa at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her PhD in 2020 from the interdisciplinary department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Her research focuses on both historical and contemporary arts from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lunch & Learn
The Fowler’s Lunch & Learn series offers easily digestible explorations of charismatic objects from around the world. Join us to chew on some sustenance and feed your mind and soul.
Image credit: Gosette Lubondo, Imaginary Trip II, 2019; © Gosette Lubondo, Courtesy Axis Gallery, NY & NJ