Making a link to the Ivorian metropolitan culture, we often use the saying « quand il pleut à Paris, Abidjan est mouillé ». In reference to this proverb, if we leave the Ebrié lagoon for the Congo River, it will be enough to replace Paris by Brussels and Abidjan by Kinshasa to have a similar downpour.
Moreover, if we go further, if we consider that the planet is a village, everything is activity and response. Likewise, assuming we are that village, would we say we live in similar times? Do we wear a similar watch? Do we have the same time? Is it true that we are influenced by the disruptions of society with similar disregard for time?
From the infant who sees his first rays of sunlight to the patriarch who counts the number of those he has seen, our relationship to time is our DNA: exceptional, individual, eternal.
This is the framework offered by the exceptional exhibition « LES TEMPS QUI NOUS LIENT » by the artist Romario Rolook Lukau since October 3 at the MALABO Arts & Culture Gallery in Kinshasa.
Romario Rolook Lukau embarks us in « Les temps qui nous lient » to take part in this contemporary discourse on the real Congolese, African, and continental factors … While putting a point of honor on our certainties.
Through these paintings, he questions each visitor according to his own perceptions of time. He draws our attention to this space of time which is meant to be an instantaneous exchange and reflection on time through questionings on our loving, clinical, logical, mental, monetary, social, individual, material and immaterial perception.
And as there is nothing new under the sun, the approach that people of the past adopted to solve their difficulties should enlighten our present and our future.
The exhibition « Les temps qui nous lient » is a close examination of our social orders, our techniques, our modes and codes of activity that have made, here a coarse wealth, there a dehumanizing despair, holes and disappointing cleavages, of our acts.
The contemporary artist Romario Rolook Lukau in his creations approaches different subjects, from the migratory emergency to freedom, from epidemics to the restitution of works, and even sometimes, science or even the space industry.
Romario Rolook Lukau challenges in an unexpected way, depending on whether one is the child of an African policeman or the beneficiary of a rich financier from Geneva. He asks questions such as: what to do? What to do and how to go about it in order to achieve a less “debilitated” society?
« LES TEMPS QUI NOUS LIENT » to be discovered since October 3 at the MALABO Arts & Culture Gallery in Kinshasa.