2010 > // Orange sheets // Lubumbashi
Circulating in Lubumbashi (DRC) and around, you soon realize the presence of orange sheet every time there is an ongoing construction site or a survey construction, a small shop, a miners camp, etc. Orange sheet seems to be the main material ordinary people use. It produces a very visible sign – almost conceptual – of the presence in the city and around, of informal networks and practices, the one of people. A parallel urban network (usually more invisible) appears in the cracks of the built city, whose origin and most of buildings come from the colonial time. A question comes: what is the practiced city ? How do people perceive the ‘built’ city? As a scenery, something distant, inaccessible? How do they deal, play with it? I start to draw little orange architectures, at the scale of a model. These drawings gather the form and aspect of the colonial and contemporary buildings (the city is a sum up of modern architecture from 1880 to 1960) with the scale of orange sheet architectures, means the scale of the body. It becomes a project: build a series of sculptures/constructions, inaccessible, at this scale (maximum 2 meters high), basically the one of a little wooden shop. Then stage them in the city during performative events, walks, installations, etc. Via these sculptures working like an enigma, at the same time familiar and strange, I’m interested to hear and see the reaction of people, and document it.
These sculptures are (like) a stage, a space to address words, stories, desires, memories, practices.