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October 2019

Jean Katambayi Mukendi Winner of the ZEITSICHT Art Prize 2019

Augsburg - Does art offer possible answers to social questions? This year's winner of our ZEITSICHT-Award, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, succeeds in doing so in his works of art. On December 7, the Congolese artist will receive the prize donated by us from laudator Sammy Baloji. Like Katambayi Mukendi, Baloji comes from the Congo and is known not least as a documenta 14 participant.

Jean Katambayi Mukendi, born in 1974, lives in Lubumbashi in the Congolese province of Katanga, where he now works as an independent artist and a mathematics teacher. He grew up in the vicinity of a steel factory and in settlement camps - an environment that was strongly influenced by the colonial history of the country. In his artistic work, Katambayi Mukendi combines influences from daily life with his earlier experiences as a trained electrician. He creates fragile and complex installations driven by sophisticated electrical mechanisms. He sees his technological constructs as a contribution to find solutions to social problems in today'a Congolese society.

He has participated in several Artist-in-Residency programs, including the École supérieure d'Art in Aix-en-Provence, and received the Young Creation Award.

"ZEITSICHT pursues the goal of offering young, promising artists a platform," says hauserconsulting managing director Eberhard Hauser. "For me, Katambayi Mukendi's artworks are impressive proof of how social relevance can be artistically expressed. I am very grateful to Sammy Baloji for his choice, because it opens our eyes again to how complex and painful many aspects of globalization are."

Further information, artist portraits, pictures and videos:

Sammy Baloji im Interview: Zum Interview

The associated exhibition begins on Sunday, December 8, 2019 (Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Maximilianstraße 48, 86150 Augsburg, daily except Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission free) and runs until Sunday, January 12, 2020. In addition, the reading of Eric Vuillard's work "Congo" will take place at 11 a.m. on December 8. It will be read by Klaus Müller, actor at the Augsburger Staatstheater.

In the weeks leading up to the art exhibition, the 30th African weeks, You can download the program under the following link.

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