Online lecture with Eléonore Hellio, Democratic Republic of Congo | Material Method Meaning - Online Series
Contemporary art practice in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not really in the focus of the globalized art scene. Nevertheless, a vibrating art scene and fascinating artistic collaboration projects can be found there.
Eléonore Hellio lives and works in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). She organizes workshops, makes films, installations, performances and publishes texts and photographic work, as a solo practitioner and in collaboration with Kongo Astronauts, a collective that she founded in 2013 with performance artist Michel Ekeba. As one of the co-founders of CATPC (Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise), she is at the helm of daily actions aimed at questioning and understanding the critical curriculum of LIRCAEI (Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality) through the making of ancestral and afrofuturist sculptures with plantation workers. Simultaneously, she is involved in a wide range of art and research projects like SPARCK, an experimental Pan-African curatorial platform bringing together international thinkers around questions relating to the impact of digital globalization and challenges posed by the postcolonial era.