John K Cobra / Roland Gunst

Ghent (Belgium) & Johannesburg (South Africa)

Kwanga bars series 1_#2

2020

Signed Certificate of Authenticity

Edition: 1

70 x 30 x 30 cm

Presented by Roland Gunst

Silicone rubber, copper & synthetic hair.

A tabletop display case, consisting of an African Walnut base and plexiglas box, can be ordered separately.


The Kwanga bars series is being exhibited for the first time at Latitudes Art Fair 2020.

This installation will be exhibited from April to December 2021 at the Europe exhibition at the Royal Museum for Central Afrika in Belgium, at Mucem in Marseille, France, and at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. From September 2021 it will be part of a large exhibition on my work at the deSingel Centre of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where my new performance SPIRIT CAPITAL on fluid cultural, national and gender identity will be presented.


Kwanga is Congolese bread made of manioc. Kwanga (“life” or “bread” in the Kikongo language) refers to the African and European concepts of the daily bread, a nutritious staple consumed daily by the majority of a country’s population. Kwanga has the characteristics of white Congolese rubber. Like liquids, kwanga bars can be transformed into any shape. Like solids, they are resilient, they can always return to their original shape. The consumption of the bars liquifies your cultural, national and gender identity, making it fluid, the original state of all humans being. Kwanga is the fuel that powers the reconstruction of an Afropean physical and metaphysical reality that will reconnect us with the Afropean origins of Europeans and Africans. Kwanga bars are a space of correlation between African and European cultural traditions. Rubber—once a symbol of colonial domination—becomes a symbol of power.


Kwanga will be used to produce a new series of installations and objects to be presented later this year.


More info:

https://www.johnkcobra.com/research