WAZA

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The Waza Art Center is an independent art space located in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Waza is working on two different approaches: action research facilitated by Pierre Kahenga (Pole Institute) with a driving unit of 10 young artists, curators and researchers from the Waza ecosystem exploring the modes of operation of communities in Lubumbashi and nearby rural areas and the sharing of power, resources and knowledge, on the one hand, and a residency in the broad sense of the artist Christian Nyampeta with local collaborators, to translate the research material into artistic productions, on the other hand. This research is also part of a larger restructuring of Waza.

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Research-Action

The action research is facilitated by Pierre Kahenga (Pole Institute) with a driving unit of 10 young artists, curators and researchers from the Waza ecosystem exploring the modes of operation of communities in the city of Lubumbashi and in nearby rural areas, particularly on sharing of power, resources and knowledge.

© Waza Commons Research Focus group in Kiswishi, 12 kilometers from the city center of Lubumbashi)

@ Waza Commons research - Focus group in Kiswishi, 12 kilometres from the city centre of Lubumbashi)

RESIDENCY

Evening school in Lubumbashi:

a residence at large by Christian Nyampeta at the Waza Art Center,

February 2021 - February 2022

Artist Christian Nyampeta designs and organizes screenings, performances, educational experiences and publications as reception structures for collective well-being, cooperative thinking and mutual action.

For this residency, Nyampeta will develop a mutual learning program, including workshops and cultural activities, materializing through the cooperation of institutions near and far, fellow artists, musicians and researchers located in Lubumbashi, Rwanda and elsewhere. .

This residency will be done with local collaborators, to translate the research material into artistic productions.

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PODCASTS

Sound track - How to live together Project

Evening - Radius Station

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Waza offers resources for artists and cultural operators from all disciplines for the development of critical thinking through artistic research, exchanges with local communities and international art professionals. 

 

Waza develops projects at the intersection of art, research and social engagement. The Revolution Room project (2013-2016) was awarded the Critical Discourse Award of the African Architecture Prize (Zeitz MOCAA, 2016).

Waza has started a process of reflection on the commons in recent years with a twofold approach: exploring and prospecting. The exploratory approach aims to compare different understandings of the commons in Congolese urban and peri-urban society. The prospective approach aims to experiment with the en-community in a space of artistic creation and diffusion such as the Waza art centre. The research on the en-community offers Waza an opportunity to experiment the possibilities of integrating a solidarity economy within its local ecosystem. The main objective is to build collectively a real living space and a more open and accountable coordination team. 

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