KVS in Kinshasa
From 5 November to 5 December 2021 a rich, multifaceted and contemporary art scene is gathering in Kinshasa for the second edition of the Yango Biennial. The first edition of this arts festival dates back to 2014, but this year the organisation is picking up where it left off with a second edition that plays with the concept of ‘contemporary art’ to present the greatest possible diversity of artistic styles. KVS faces Doris and Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu – perhaps better known as the dancing twin sisters Les Mybalés – are there for the whole month to lead workshops. KVS artistic director Michael De Cock and city dramaturge Kristin Rogghe also attended for a week to take stock.
This second edition is not limited to one event, both spatially and temporally; instead, it takes the form of a collection of fragmented events and activities that together make up a sort of shape-shifting, process-based biennial that carries ample social power. The biennial travels from district to district and takes visitors to places that inspire dreams.
With Yango II, Kinshasa wants to confirm its central position within the global arts scene and express the Kinshasan and Congolese situation within a contemporary context. This edition can be seen as a form of picking up where we left off, but also as a new beginning. It mixes the traditions of contemporary art and thinking in Congo with that of the surroundings. The motto for this edition is Tokozela Lobi Te’, or ‘We Will Not Await Tomorrow’.