Anthropologist Filip De Boek and architect Koen Van Syngel are once again joining forces, after the highly successful exhibition entitled Kinshasa, the imaginary city. This time the focus is on the work of Pume Bylex, a visual artist from Kinshasa.
Bylex, the pseudonym of Francis Pume, uses drawings, costumes, furniture and models to create a world of his own. This Congolese artist, who is at once a researcher, an inventor of concepts and an artist, investigates in an almost scientific way the invisible laws and processes of the world. As an artist, Bylex is not interested in the day-to-day reality of Kinshasa but turns his attention to what lies beyond the horizon of the visible. The centrepiece of The World According to Bylex is the film Percer les mystères de l'invisible (Piercing the mysteries of the invisible). This is no linear narrative, but rather a kaleidoscope of videos in which Bylex creates a personal vision of the world from his own distinctive blend of science, technology, religion... For this exhibition, Bylex has also created a model of La cité touristique (The tourist city). This utopian city, one that Bylex has dreamed of all his life, embodies his striving for a better, universal world.
CURATOR Filip De Boeck & Koen Van Synghel ARTI(E)ST(E) Pume Bylex (Democratic Republic of Congo) PRODUCTION De Boeck & Van Synghel CO-PRODUCTION KVS WITH THE SUPPORT OF Africalia WITH THANKS TO vzw Cargo asbl
Connexion Kin, the anual festival by KVS in Kinshasa will be taking place from june 7th until june 16th. With premières by Faustin Linyekula, Dieudonné Niangouna, Brett Bailey, Boyzie Cekwana and others.
On the 4th December a debate took place in KVS on repertoire in theatre, with guest speakers Guy Cassiers, Faustin Linyekula and Amir Nizar Zuabi. As an introduction Jan Goossens, artistic director of KVS, wrote the following text.