The artist Aimé Mpane doesn’t tell us the identities or names of these individuals. These portraits show ordinary citizens of Kinshasa— the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo—along with representations of their fears and desires. Together they represent some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
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Aimé Mpane (Congolese, born 1968). Ici on crève (“We’re Dying Here”), 2006-2008. Brooklyn Museum