Teddy Mazina & Romeo Mivekannin
Moderator: Ayoko Mensah
From 9 November 2021 to 6 March 2022, the AfricaMuseum presents the exhibition Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions. Two artists have made important contributions to the exhibition. On Wednesday 22 December 2021 at 7.30 pm Ayoko Mensah, artistic programmer at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, will talk with Teddy Mazina and Roméo Mivekannin.
Muzungu Tribes by Burundian photojournalist Teddy Mazina is an exploratory mission using photography, a reflection on colonial iconography and its codes, classifications, and rankings of people and bodies. Muzungu Tribes takes shape in a laboratory where the artist seeks to invert our perspectives, to question colonial imagery and the racist stereotypes it has produced.
Roméo Mivekannin lives and works between France and Benin. For the exhibition, the artist uses a painting to revisit a photograph taken in 1930 and which shows Congolese soldiers paying homage to the seven men, also Congolese, brought to Belgium to be presented in a human zoo during the 1897 international exhibition. With his work Homage aux 7, Mivekannin interrogates the observation and classification tools that are, respectively, the human zoo and photography as a medium.