Beau Disundi

Beau Disundi

Beau Disundi obtained his degree in interior design from the Kinshasa Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. During his studies, Disundi questioned his identity and how other cultures influence his own, which gave rise to his artistic practice. His explorations, in particular of cultural roots in Belgium, led him to the guiding principle of not only relating the history of the Congo, but of all peoples influenced or dominated by external cultures. “We no longer belong to a single time or place. We straddle different times and places” – Beau Disundi. Beau Disundi's works perform artistic and literary means of expression to create forms that go beyond these disciplines, blurring the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, and image. Through his creations, Beau Disundi refers to subjects that inhabit multicultural spaces.

His work reveals multiple co-existing spaces, inviting the world to travel within them in order to experience other points of view. From a complementary perspective, Disundi’s work aims to convey the perception of a person in this liminal space. A person prey to acculturation and alienation. Achieving this representation enables the artist to deconstruct and step back from the confusion of identity that reigns in these spaces. So, to better understand his experience, Disundi materializes the links between his identity, historical events and global dynamics. What happens when two diametrically opposed points of view become homogeneous? How does a living being evolving in space A, while adapting to culture B, perceive the world? All these questions have led Disundi to the concept of troubled identity and appropriation, reflected in the vagueness and gaps that he creates in his work.

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