Moridja Kitenge Banza: Chiromancies / Palm Readings
Accomplished multimedia artist Moridja Kitenge Banza presents new paintings and work in video exploring the interstices of personal, cultural, and global politics. His work often blurs reality and fiction, calling into question narratives of history , memory, and identity. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1980, he studied at the Académie des Beaux-arts de Kinshasa, and then at the École Régionale des Beaux-arts de Nantes, France.
In 2010 he was awarded First Prize at the Dakar Biennale, Senegal, for his video Hymne à nous and installation De 1848 à nos jours. The next year his work was shown at the Roskilde Contemporary Art Museum in Denmark. His work has also been presented at the first Casablanca biennale, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, the Bibliothèque nationale in Montreal, and Picasso en face-à-face d’hier à aujourd’hui at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. www.moridjakitenge.com