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Albertine Libert

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Albertine LIBERT

Albertine Libert

Albertine’s work at Wetsi Art Gallery was inspired by Congolese artists from Pierre-Romain Desfossés’ Atelier du Hangar in Lubumbashi (1946-1954). These painters whose work was popularized to the general public in recent years during exhibitions such as Congo Kitoko (Beauté Congo 2015) at the Cartier Foundation in Paris and Congo Art Works at Bozar (2016) remain little known. They were encouraged to draw inspiration directly from their local environment rather than seeking to copy classical European painting. Libert reinterprets these figures and the lush nature characteristic of the period in illuminated paintings made from silhouettes and shapes she cuts out of white paper. The viewer thus witnesses the encounter between a refined aesthetic delivered by white dioramas through which subjects and objects that clearly belong to African (here Congolese) culture seem to come to life. It is in this way that the artist chooses to respond to the erasure of Congolese artists from the History of Art, which most often adopts a Eurocentric point of view.

albertine libert
Albertine Libert