Belgian photographer Sebastien Van de Walle captured the powerful performance art movement in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo during a 2018 visit. There he met Percy Numbi and Flory Sinanduku who create wildly creative costumes out of the waste and trash that sits in a dried up river bed in a poor neighborhood in the city.
For the much-awaited reopening of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium—rebaptised AfricaMuseum (which reopened its doors on 8 December 2018) — TLmag journeyed to the vast African continent to explore the artistic inventiveness of creative Africans on a local and international scale. This fascinating edition was challenging, maybe even impossible to create, considering the density of material in the many ‘Africas’: 54 sovereign countries, nine territories and two de facto independent states, each constantly changing, attempting in its own way to exorcise the colonial and post-colonial past and to achieve hyper-modernity. In the extended pages of our 29th print edition, we continue our journey and highlight African artists, designers, architects and photographers who are producing universal, powerful and lively works.