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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

Kamuanga Ilunga (b. 1991) examines the profound economic, political, and social landscape shifts in his homeland of the Democratic Republic of Congo following the fall of colonialism. This richly illustrated catalogue, published on the occasion of the artist’s first solo show in the United States features a collection of tapestry-sized stately tableaux of the artist’s family members, evoking classical European portraiture. Draped in an assortment of brightly colored African wax ceremonial dress and Western attire, and surrounded by talismans of cultural and religious significance, the artist’s portraits resonate with historical depth. 

The publication features an essay by renowned scholar Manthia Diawara as well as an interview with the artist by Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi, both in French and English. 

Published by Edward Tyler Nahem

Essay by Manthia Diawara and interview by Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi

Fully illustrated, 64 pages

Designed by Tim Laun and Natalie Wedeking