Share your memories of life in the Congo!

#congoville

Together with the KinAct Collective, we are looking for people to share memories of life in the Congo. During a short interview, we start the conversation from your own perception of the world. Do you have an object which accompanies your story? Bring it along!

Parlement Debout

Before social media dominated the exchange of news between citizens in Kinshasa, there was the tradition of the "parlement debout" ("standing parliament"), also called the "radio pavement": (mostly) men who exchanged news with passers-by on the street, by reading the newspaper aloud and providing live commentary, or by sharing stories which they had "picked up by hearsay". Factual correctness did not necessarily matter, sharing one's own experiences was far more important! It involved starting discussions about society and politics in the middle of the street.

 

Call: share your stories of life in Congo

On 24 July 2021, KinAct will be inspired by this tradition to tell stories about the lives of the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during the colonial rule of Belgium and afterwards. Today in Belgium, memories of the colonial era can still be found in many living rooms, in the form of family albums, sculptures, masks on the walls, clothing ... In short, objects from the Congo with a story. KinAct wants to retrieve memories based upon family objects, and give them back to the Congo in the form of stories.

Hence this call! Together with the KinAct Collective, we are looking for people who want to come and share memories. During a short interview, we will start the conversation from your own perception of the world. (It is not a history exam. It's all about your story).

Do you have an object which accompanies your story? A photo album, a sculpture, a book, a costume, or anything else which reminds you of life in the Congo? Bring it along! The object is the starting point of the conversation. KinAct also wants to photograph the object, so that they can work on a collection of stories and pictures. They keep this growing archive at the KinAct collective in Kinshasa (Matonge neighbourhood, the Ndaku Ya La Vie Est Belle artist house).

The interviews will be recorded, some of the interviews will be broadcast live on a local radio station.

 

Practical information

Send us an email to radiokinact@gmail.com  to schedule your conversation or stop by on 24 July 2021 between 12 and 4pm.