Joseph K. Kasau Wa Mambwe (CD)
Residency period: September – October 2023
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lubumbashi, Joseph K. Kasau Wa Mambwe is a visual artist, film maker and author who addresses the complexity of memory and identity in a post-colonial urban context. Joseph K. Kasau Wa Mambwe’s practice has been built around the desire to tell stories, whether his own or those of the communities in which he grew up and still lives. At the intersection of photography, video art and creative writing, his productions are very attentive to social interactions, highlighting power relations and proposing alternatives for change and gathering.
Joseph K. Kasau Wa Mambwe holds a degree in Information and Communication Sciences with a specialization in Performing Arts from the University of Lubumbashi. In 2020, he co-founded the support platform for research, education and creation Nidjekonnexion, and launched the Onesha Lubumbashi project in 2021 as an opportunity to create alternative narratives about the different cities of Congo.
During his stay at La Becque, Joseph K. Kasau Wa Mambwe wishes to continue the audiovisual, photographic and literary research around his project Territoires Humains. Initiated during the pandemic, this project explore the ambivalence between two terms from the Bantu languages Swahili and Lingala that express a desire for refusal or renunciation and a desire for encounter and discovery.