CATPC – Congolese Plantation Workers Art League
15 x 21,5 cm, 546p, ills colour &bw, paperback, English/French
Published by Sternberg Press
This book offers a first report on the activities of the Congolese Plantation Workers Art League (CATPC), an association for the development of an independent thought on postcolonial power relations within the global art world.
Based in Lusanga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the CATPC brings together a unique gathering of individuals—along with its members and partner institutions that are engaged in dialogue with it—and attempts to rethink postcolonial power relations within the global art world. Initiated in 2014 by Renzo Martens, an Amsterdam-based artist whose radical and controversial practice feeds into many current debates, and René Ngongo, a Kinshasa-based biologist and environmental activist, this cooperative continues to develop independently and to redefine the relations between art, agriculture, industry, and value creation.
The publication gathers essays, artists’ biographies, an interview with Renzo Martens, and a photographic series by Léonard Pongo.