Mapping Kinshasa

Mapping KinshasaJohan Lagae was invited to contribute to the exhibition “Afropolis: Stadt, Medien, Kunst” (curators: Kerstin Pinther, Christian Hanussek, Larissa Förster) with a presentation on the spatial development of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During a research seminar organized during the 2010–2011 academic year and supervised by Johan Lagae, Luce Beeckmans and Guy Châtel, students developed a presentation entitled ‘Mapping Kinshasa’, which was further refined during the summer of 2010 in collaboration with three students (Daan De Vree, Sam Lanckriet and Loïc de Bethune).
In a series of seven panels, the urban form of Kinshasa was dissected as a ‘palimpsest’ and a ‘patchwork’. Six prominent urban structures organized the narrative of the city’s spatial development: monumental axes, railroads, the ‘zone neutre’, the Avenue Kasa Vubu, planned neighbourhoods and the Rond Point Victoire.
The exhibition also travelled to other locations in Germany and Africa.