Sunday Shout-out: The Democratic Republic of Congo
The Artwork of Cheri Samba:
"…critics in kinshasa have never accepted the phrases
in my paintings, they think of painting in a more western
manner. yet the truth, in my paintings,
is almost always expressed in the sentences inserted
in the paintings.
often they contradict the scene represented…
for example, for a person from zaire, nudity is scandalous:
I paint it, I make it visible, and then,with a phrase,
I find a way of saying ‘don’t look’.
I like these paradoxes.’ samba says.
‘my painting is concerned with people’s lives.
I’m not interested in myths or beliefs.
that’s not my goal.
I want to change our mentality that keeps us isolated
from the world. I appeal to people’s consciences.
artists must make people think.’
I like all works of art.
I like all works of art whether I understand them or not .
not that everybody will make understandable things,
certain works demand reflection before getting to know
them, even the author must be there for him to
explain it to you. so I do not take chances as to say
- this I don’t like - this I like, I like all works of art,
all that my colleagues do, interests me.
it’s art, what we do.
there is no limit, we are artists.
it’s art that comes from the name artist.
I am an artist. ‘
‘I have a wife and two kids who are girls -
they are called mimba samba and quilolo samba.
mimba is the name of my father and quilolo is the
name of my grandmother.
I did not try to find out what samba means.
I know samba is a dance…
but it also means to pray, to question.
I like to watch people while they dance.
at times I sing, there was a time when I sang,
I use to make up my own songs, they are in my
paintings, although it is not evident.” designboom.com
Powerful, beautiful works.