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For this project, artist Sapin Makengele produced a large drawing of his vision on the Congo-Crisis in co-creation with students from the Master course Negotiating Power in Africa (Leiden University) who designed a website with a historical analysis based on the artwork. The artwork shows various detailed storylines that are explored in further student assignments.

The course

Negotiating Power In Africa aims to study 20th-century African history through the lens of power and historiography. History writing is a process of power, producing dominant narratives that structure the way in which we understand the world. [Read more...]

The artist

Born in 1980 in Kinshasa, Sapin Makengele is a self-taught Congolese popular painter. In his work, Sapin often depicts and comments upon the Kinois social and political lifeworlds. In addition to art, Sapin’s interests include Congolese history and music. He has been involved in different projects that combine art and academics.  [Read more...]

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Negotiating Power Student Projects

Music in Mobutu’s Congo

Popular music plays an important role in Sapin Makengele’s drawing on the Congo Crisis. The drawing depicts two musicians: American jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, who visited Congo in the 1960s, ...
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Negotiating Power Student Projects

Presenting Patrice Lumumba: an Introduction

Intro Visual representations surrounding Lumumba consist of a high level of factors and historical perspective and the way in which this history looked upon, used and the function history takes ...
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Negotiating Power Student Projects

Mobutu: The Practice and Reception of Power

In this project we look at the history of Mobutu. We follow his path through Sapin Makengele's canvas. The project discusses how Mobutu practiced his power and how it was ...
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Negotiating Power Student Projects

Conflict, Chaos and the Cold War: The UN and the Congo Crisis

Abstract This project explores the relationship between art and history in relation to role of the United Nations in the Congo Crisis. Analysis is based on a selection of six paintings by the Congolese painter ...