Georges Senga
DRC
Georges Senga Assani was born in 1983 in Lubumbashi. As a photographer, he was discovered during the first edition of Picha Biennale Lubumbashi by Marie-Françoise Plissart and Sammy Baloji. In 2010, he joined Picha Art Center, taking a lead role as a photographer and in 2009, he realized his collection, Footprint, which was presented for a year at the second edition of the Biennale Lubumbashi with Simon Njami in Tarifa, Brussels, and Nairobi. In 2011, he joined the Master Class organized by the Goethe Institute Johannesburg in Bamako and attended the 2012 edition in Lubumbashi, and the 2013 edition in Lagos. His third series of pictures, Life After Death was presented in 2013 at the Biennale de Lubumbashi and his fourth series Kadogos was presented in 2014 at the Kampala Biennale, Addis Foto Fest, and Muzee in Ostand Belgium, respectively. In 2014, he received a PRO HELVELTIA fellowship for one month in Zimbabwe for the preparation of his photo project “TRANSIT” In 2015, he had his first residency in Belgium at the WIELS cultural center and presented work in a group exhibition at the African Odyssey FOREST BRASS cultural center. That same year, he presented his work at the Bamako Biennale, and from September 2015 to February 2017 was in residence at Stuttgart Akademi solitude with his work, cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre.
Cette Maison N Est Pas À Vendre Et À Vendre
My project speaks of value; in this value, I see memory in relation to situations. And these situations refer to the urge to keep or to lose something. The topic for this show first caught my attention when in 2009-2010my family home was in the situation of conflicted inheritance. After that I started taking photographs of the houses in my neighborhood. In Africa, people talk publicly about conflicts of family heritage and although you find those conflicts anywhere in the world they are not presented in the same way as in Africa. Concerning our family home, it was only a short period of time when it was happening. A few family men wanted to sell the house, while others did not want that at all. The part of the family who were against the sale put great writing with oil paint on the house »this house is not for sale« This message would be a warning for anyone who would like to interact to buy the house. This was the moment when I started to ask myself, why do people need to write this on their houses publicly…Is it about respect for the memory of the person who leaves you this house as heritage The houses I have photographed are familiar to me because they are in the neighborhood where I grew up, in the commune of Katuba. The project is called This house is not for sale and for sale. People have two kinds of opinions, some of them agree with selling their houses and some of them disagree: I chose Brazil because I also wanted to explore another way to represent the conflict of heritages. In DR Congo, I photographed the photos of the houses that are not for sale from inside, because seeing the objects from the inside brought me closer to the story of the house and the memory of the owner from whom the present owners got the house. The houses from Brazil are in Praia Grande and they are disappearing because of the new construction of high rises. The houses “for sale” have memory and history but at the same time they are on view for sale; in that way they are losing their history and memory. I decided to photograph objects in the areas of those houses to reconstitute the history and the memory of the houses. The object and the houses are on view for people,

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.