Bio

Georges Senga was born in 1983 in Lubumbashi. He obtained a degree in language and business sciences at the University of Lubumbashi 2009. Already a year earlier, he began his work as a photographer. During the Biennial of Lubumbashi "Rencontres Picha" he took part in a workshop of the Brussels photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart. As a result of this experiment, Georges spent six months working on a project on Katanga's urban landscape entitled "My new ceilings". In 2009, he won the special prize for the second edition of the Africa Photo Contest of Tarifa (Spain). That same year, he exhibited at the French Cultural Center of Lubumbashi. In 2010, he worked on a series around forms of what the photographer sees through abandoned objects. The curator Simon Djami for the Biennale of Lubumbashi selected this series entitled “Imprints” in 2010. The following year this series was presented in Lubumbashi, Tarifa, Nairobi and Bamako. From 2011 to 2013 Georges participated in a "Master Class" program organized by the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg in different cities of Africa (Bamako, Lagos and Lubumbashi). During this period of the new series "A life after death" and "Kadogos" were realized.

 "A life after death" on Patrice Lumumba was exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery Dialogues of the National Museum of Lubumbashi in 2013, the Kampala Biennale, at the ADDIS PHOTOFEST in 2014, at the BRASS Cultural Center in Brussels, and at the Biennial of Bamako where he obtains the Leon African Award in 2015. This series deals with the passage of time and the timelessness of what Lumumba means.

From September 2015 to February 2017 in residence at the Solitude Academy in Stuttgart Germany, Senga realizes another new series "This house is not for sale and for sale" between Lubumbashi in DR Congo and Sao Paolo in Brazil. This series exploits the commune KATUBA in Lubumbashi a city in the south of the DR Congo. Katuba divided by neighborhoods (Katuba 1st, two and three) was one of the municipalities created on a loan from a company FUND ADVANCED in the colonial era in the 1945s. Most homes build today object of a conflict of inheritance and thus are sealed with a large writing face "THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE" to warn anyone who wants to invest his money for the purchase.

Georges Senga is part of the artistic dynamic of the city of Lubumbashi at the PICHA art center in DR Congo and Market photo workshop and Phototools of Johannesburg, South Africa.

TRAINING
 

From 2004 to 2009
Degree in Languages and Business University of Lubumbashi

 

 

Residences et workshop

-2020: ​February Enough Room for Space, Drogenbos, Belgium

-2019: ​October- January 2020 B.A.D Foundation Rotterdam Netherland

-2019: ​August- September Thamie Mnyele Foundation Amsterdam The Netherlands

 

-2019: ​May- July: B.A.D Foundation Rotterdam Netherland

​-2018 ​April- April 2019: Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht Netherland

 

-2015-2017: ​Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart Germany


-2015: ​Contemporary Art center Wiels Belgium (January- March)

 

-2014: ​Njelele Art Station Zimbabwe (October)

-2013: ​Master class portfolio review in off Lagos Photo Festival (with Goethe Institute)


-2012: ​Master class portfolio review in Lubumbashi (with Goethe Institute)

​-2011: ​Master class portfolio review off Bamako Biennale (with Goethe Institute)

Artistic talks:

-2020 : ​February: Studium Generale, Koninklijke Academie van de Kunsten (KABK), Den Haag, The Netherlands

-2019 ​December: ​“ ON-TRADE-OFF” ​Cargos in Context, Amsterdam Netherland

-2019 ​June​: “SOMETHING WE AFRICANS GOT”, BOZAR ​CENTRE FOR FINE  ARTS Brussels, Belgium

- 2019 ​June: ​“exhibition Multiple transmissions: Art in the Afropolitan” WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium

-2019 ​March​: “Artistic statement​” Academy of fine arts and design, Maastricht, Netherlands

- 2018 ​August: ​A Blueprint for Toads and Snakes, ​Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands

-2017 ​April: ​“Artistic Statement” ​Rhode University, Eastern cape, South Africa

 

- 2016 ​September: ​“contemporary African photography”UNICAMP:Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, État de São Paulo, Brésil

- 2016 ​September: “​ Une vie après la mort” conversation at Aparelha Luzia, in São Paulo

PHOTOS AND PRESENTATIONS
 

-2020 ​April​: “​Le vide”​, CBK ZUID Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands( upcoming)

-​2020 ​February: “​Rebel Lives” ​Photographs from inside the Lord's Resistance Army,

UNITED NATIONS, New York , U.S.A

- ​2020 ​January​: “​Le vide” ​On-Trade-Off, ​La contrepartie​, Cultural Center Jean Cocteau, Paris, France

- ​2019 ​November: ​“Le vide” ​On-Trade-Off, ​The Weight of Wonders​, Cargo in context, Amsterdam

- ​2019 ​October: ​“Le vide” ​On-Trade-Off, ​The Weight of Wonders, ​Contour Biennale, Belgium

- ​2019 ​October: “​FORMAT” ​Lubumbashi Biennale, D.R. Congo


- ​2019 ​October: “​Cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre” SESC Video Brazil

Biennale, Sao Paolo ,Brazil


-​2019 ​June: “​Rebel Lives” ​Photographs from inside the Lord's Resistance Army,

FOTO MUSEUM, Antwerp , Belgium

- ​2019 ​June: ​Cette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre, Kigali Photo Festival, Rwanda

- ​2019 ​May: “​FORMAT” ​Multiple Transmissions: Art in the Afropolitan Age', WIELS Brussels, Belgium

-​2019 ​April: “C​ ette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Fondation ​A ​Stichting Brussels Belgium

- ​2019 ​March: “​FORMAT” ​Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands


- ​2019 ​March: “​KOMBO YA SIKA” ​On-Trade-Off, ​The Weight of Wonders,Imane

Fares Gallery, Paris, FRANCE

- ​2018 ​December: “​Cette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Addis Foto Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

- ​2018 ​December: “​Cette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Kunstverein Milano,Milan, Italie

- ​2018 ​February: “​KOMBO YA SIKA​” Cap Town Art Fair, Cap town, Sauth Africa - ​2017 ​December: “C​ ette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Bamako

Biennale, Bamako, Mali

- 2017 ​June: ​“C​ ette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Contemporary African Photography, Basel, Switzerland

- ​2017 ​April: ” ​Une vie après la mort” The Second Session of Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale, China

- 2017 ​April: “C​ ette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Marketphoto workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa

- ​2017 ​January: “C​ ette maison n'est pas à vendre et à vendre” Solitude Academy, Stuttgart, Germany

-2016 ​August: ​“Purification” THE INCANTATION OF THE DISQUIETING MUSE, ​The Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

- 2016 ​February: ” U​ ne vie après la mort” THE ICONOGRAPHY OF LUMUMBA IN THE ARTS AND WORK OF RAOUL PECK​” University of Antwerp, Belgium

- ​2015 ​December: ” ​Une vie après la mort” Bamako Biennale, Bamako, Mali

- ​2015 ​October: ” ​Kadogos” ​Lubumabashi Biennale , Lubumbashi, D.R Congo - ​2015 ​June: ” U​ ne vie après la mort” Voie Off, Arle, France

- ​2015 ​April: ” U​ ne vie après la mort” Odyssée Africaine , Brass art ​center, Brussels, Belgium

- 2014 ​December: ” ​Une vie après la mort” Addis Foto Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


-2014 ​August: ” ​Une vie après la mort” Kampala Biennale, Kampala, Uganda

- 2014 ​July: ” ​Kadogos” Hunting and Collecting ​Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium

- 2013 ​October: ” U​ ne vie après la mort” Lubumbashi Biennale , Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo


- 2013 ​March: ” ​Une vie après la mort” l’Asbl Dialogues Gallery, Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo

-2012 ​June: ​“ Empreintes” PhotoAfrica 4, ​Asuncion, Paragua​y


-2012 ​March​: “ Empreintes” AFRICA NUMBER TWO​, Recyclart​, ​Brussels

,Belgium

- 2011 ​October: ​Empreintes” PhotoAfrica 4, ​Kenya International Film Festival; Nairobi, Kenya

-2010 ​October: “​Empreintes” ​Lubumbashi Biennale, Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo - 2009 ​September​: “Mes nouveux Plafonds” PhotoAfrica 2, ​Tarifa, Spain

AWARD
 

-2019​: Thamie Mnyele Award 2019 Netherlands


-2018​: DemoCrasee, Biennale of Bamako, Mali


-2017: ​CAP PRIZE Basel Switzerland


-2016​: SADC Research Residency

Prohelveltia South Africa

-2015​: Leon the African RAM, Biennale of Bamako Mali

 

-2014: ​SADC Research Residency Prohelveltia South Africa

 

-2009: ​Special Mention,PHOTOAFRICATarifa,Spain.

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