2008 // 100 YEAR W[E]AR JU WISH / BILAMBA MA BE // Jo’burg
This residency was and invitation by the Joubert Park Project, supported by the French Insitute in South Africa (IFAS).
A text by Athi Patra Ruga, Dorothée Kreutzfeldt, & Jc Lanquetin about the project.
100 YEAR W[E]AR
JU WISH / BILAMBA MA BE
‘100 Year War’ is the name of one of the ‘sapeurs’ gangs in Kinshasa and references the extended series of wars that started in France in the 14th Century. The practice of competing in the streets against other groups, such as the ‘Japanese’, to show off the most expensive clothes and ingenious poses, styles and dances, is a highly popular tradition in Kin’. Each ‘sapeur’ challenges the other’s territory, the codes of display, and the resistance and aspiration towards all that ‘Europe’ represents for them – colonialism, globalism, an affluent world of choices.