Taking Back Kongo, 2018

Archival Digital Print on Canvas, 36" X 22"


Edition of 5 

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Congoism, as a term, has its roots in 19th-century America…Designating what “we,” bourgeois subjects, do not want to be and do not want to be framed as: dysfunctional, alienating, savage, ugly, enslaved. These characteristics are embodied in one cultural symbol: King Kong or “King Kongo.” King Kong, as a character, has been a prominent figure in cinema since his debut in the 1933 film "King Kong." He is often depicted as a gigantic gorilla-like creature that inhabits Skull Island, a mysterious and dangerous locale filled with prehistoric creatures. Throughout the history of the character, King Kong's savagery is portrayed vividly, often in scenes that showcase his immense strength and primal instincts, particularly when provoked or threatened. Congoism, thus functions as a discursive truth regime of rejection—both of internal and external others.