[E]ddy Kamuanga Illung is the breakout Congolese painter shaking up the art scene at the moment; creating vibrant pieces that depict the cultural shifts in contemporary Congolese society.
Bright swathes of African print fabrics. 19th-century style of formal figuration. Micro-chipped flesh. Rubber flip-flops. In his work, Kamuanga Ilunga explores the seismic shifts in the economic, political and social identity of the Democratic Republic of Congo that have taken place since colonialism. The 27-year-old’s latest series of work entitled ‘Fragile Responsibility’ – which continues to explores themes of trans-cultural identity – is currently on display at the October Gallery in London.
The artist presents a series of elegiac figures, masterfully painted in rich and highly detailed textiles. “Although the message of his pieces is deeply moving Kamuanga Illung’s intention is not to shock,” Ellen Grace, assistant curator at October Gallery tells Hunger. “Rather, it is to encourage its audience to question the power structures of past and present.”
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga: Fragile Responsibility (until 19th June at October Gallery). For more information on the exhibition head to www.octobergallery.co.uk. You can follow Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga on Instagram @eddy.kamuanga.