Interviews door Sinzo Aanza: #4 Bienvenu Nanga

Tentoonstellingszicht ‘Een gesprek tussen collecties uit Kinshasa en Oostende’ (episode 3): Bienvenu Nanga & Daniel Toya (c) Kristien Daem

Sinzo Aanza is cocurator van de tentoonstelling ‘Een gesprek tussen collecties uit Kinshasa en Oostende’. Hij interviewde acht kunstenaars die leven en werken Kinshasa en wiens werk in langdurige bruikleen in Mu.ZEE aanwezig is. De gesprekken gaan voornamelijk (gedeeltelijk) door in het Lingala omdat dit de kunstenaars toelaat op een vrijere manier te spreken over hun werk. Voor de vertaling werkt Mu.ZEE samen met Universiteit Gent. De acht interviews zullen allemaal beschikbaar worden gemaakt via deze blog.

# 4: Bienvenu Nanga

English:

00:00    My name is Bienvenu Nanga. 00:01
00:02    I am a sculptor and marketeer. 00:04
00:04     I studied sculpture 00:06
00:06     at the Academy of Fine Arts. 00:07
00:07     But I interrupted my studies 00:08
00:08     to learn on the job. 00:09
00:09    So in fact I’m self-taught 00:10
00:11    in sculpture. 00:12/
00:15     In the beginning 00:16
00:16     I worked via recycling. 00:20
00:20     I repaired unused objects. 00:21
00:25    But beyond that 00:27
00:27     I also do many other things: 00:29
00:30     wooden sculptures, 00:32
00:32    different types of sculptures. 00:34
00:35    Through art I give expression 00:36
00:37     to everything that happens in society. 00:38
00:39     I also have many other sources of inspiration. 00:43
00:44     I’m not set in my ways, 00:46
00:46     I always have lots of ideas. 00:52
00:52    I can’t realise them all 00:53
00:54    due to a lack of resources. 00:58
00:59     I have lots of ideas 01:00
01 :00    for making sculptures. 01 :01
01 :01   I draw inspiration from everything, 01 :05
01 :05   wherever I may be: 01 :06
01 :06   in the woods, … I literally work everywhere. 01 :10
01 :10    On wood, on metal, on rubber, and so on. 01 :16
01 :16   Actually I work on everything. 01 :26
01 :28   I also make animated sculptures, 01 :30
01 :31   moving elements. 01 :32
01 :32    That’s what interests me now. 01 :34
01 :34   It’s not yet popular here. 01 :37
01 :37    The Swiss do it often, 01 :40
01 :40    like Jean Tinguely… 01 :44
01 :45    there’s also Panamarenko in Belgium. 01 :50
01 :51   Those sorts of sculptures are what I like making most. 01 :53/
01 :53    There are various ideas in them. 01 :55
01 :55    I have developed a project: 01 :57
01 :57    a concert of robots… 01 :59
01 :59    moving robots perform the concert, 02 :00
02 :00    with me on guitar. 02 :04
02 :05    That is the project 02 :06
02 :06    that I’m soon going to present. 02 :08
02 :08    I still need to find a place for it. 02 :10
02 :10    Another project is called langard. 02 :12
02 :13   Langard is an artistic language 02 :14
02 :14   where moving structures 02 :16
02 :16   are projected onto a wall. 02 :18
02 :18   They move a lot. 02 :20
02 :21   There are lots of projects to realise 02 :22
02 :22   but we don’t have any resources. 02 :28
02 :29   Copyrights are a problem in Congo. 02 :32
02 :33   It is so complicated… 02 :34
02 :34   that we no longer count on it. 02 :41
02 :43   I have made robots to order 02 :46
02 :46   for a French collector, 02 :48
02 :48 André Magnin. 02 :49
02 :49   He ordered robots … 02 :55
02 :57   and UFO’s. 02 :58
02 :58   In the beginning he ordered occasionally, 03 :02
03 :03   then his interest grew. 03 :11
03 :11   Then I had to make robots all the time 03 :12
03 :12   and the orders became more regular, 03 :14
03 :14   up to the point when I even had to decline them. 03 :16
03 :17   And because some of my pupils 03 :19
03 :19   had also learned to make robots 03 :22
03 :23   I avoided competing with them. 03 :25
03 :26   There is more to do than just making robots. 03 :29/
03 :29   But I did find making robots exciting 03 :35
03 :36   and also it was a French commission. 03 :38
03 :40   I did enjoy making robots 03 :41
03 :41   because it kept me active. 03 :42
03 :44   I can make 5 to 10 per week. 03 :48
03 :48    I have made so many. 03 :50
03 :50   Now I make fewer robots 03 :52
03 :52   in order to have more time for other projects, 03 :55
03 :55   not yet executed by others. 03 :59
03 :59   That’s coming. 04 :07
04 :08   I’d like to be able to implement 04 :10
04 :10   all my projects. 04 :15
04 :16   Because I have quite a few in mind. 04 :19
04 :19   But I have no resources to develop them. 04 :21
04 :22   With my own resources I can’t do anything. 04 :29
04 :30   I have many important ideas, 04 :35
04 :35   beautiful projects. 04 :38/
04 :41   It would be better 04 :43
04 :43   if in our country, 04 :47
04 :47   like in other countries, 04 :48
04 :48   exhibitions would be organised. 04 :54
04 :54   We do see exhibitions abroad, 04 :56
04 :56    and that hurts. 05 :01