Growing up in Lubumbashi, Michaël De Plaen came into contact with many artists, one of whom in particular left a great impression on him. After moving to Belgium, he became a photographer in 2009, producing reportages about lost traditions, urban demography, and identity. Yet he had not forgotten Mode Muntu. This extensive monograph reveals a painter whose humility in no way restrains his work. With thorough documentation and research, De Plaen points to the dynamism and originality of artistic activity in the Congo during the 1970s and ’80s. There, outside any kind of conformism, Mode Muntu paved the way for a distinctive, expressionist pictorial art rooted in his culture.
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