August 2018 - Ongoing

INSTITUTE FOR COLONIAL CULTURE (ICC)

Research on Congolese Heritage, National Museum of Lubumbashi, DRC

Initiated by: Philippe Mikobi (National Museum Lubumbashi, DRC) and Maarten Vanden Eynde (Enough Room for Space, Brussels, BE)

Location:
National Museum of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, DRC

Institutional support:

National Museum Lubumbashi: Serge Songa Songa, Anne-Marie Bupe Kashulwe, Rosalie Ngengele Zawadi, John Mukabila

University of Lubumbashi: Prof. Donatien Dibwe dia Mwembu, Prof. Kizobo Obweng Okwes

Partners: Centre Cerfaux-Lefort (BE), Quai Branly Museum (FR), University of Lubumbashi (DRC)

End 2020:
 Official opening of ICC at the National Museum of Lubumbashi, DRC

National Museum Lubumbashi

National Museum of Lubumbashi, DRC

 

White Fathers travel bag with content, 1950s

Colonial helmet, 1950s

White Fathers rosary and syringe, 1950s

Etat indépendant du Congo shares, 1887

Kilo-Moto goldmine shares, 1944

Kiswahili bible with 9mm gun, 1960s

Air Lovanium suitcase, 1960s

Institute for Colonial Culture (ICC) - Research on Congolese Heritage

ICC consists of a collection of artefacts, documents, books, photographs and films representing colonial presence in Congo, mainly focusing on the period 1884-1960. There is hardly any tangible material left in Congo of that period, due to the hastily departure of most colonisers after the independence in 1960. The institute will be hosted by the National Museum in Lubumbashi where the collection will be re-contextualised and preserved, becoming part of Congolese heritage. The aim is to remedy a void in the collection of the National Museum, by creating an archive of colonial culture, the first of its kind in Congo. By doing so, it facilitates a more egalitarian writing of history, where the dominant ethnographic western view towards colonisation and African cultures in general, is reversed. ICC puts western culture under an 'African microscope' by using material and documentation from both colonisers and colonised.

In October 2020, a first exhibition will be installed in the museum, with its own entry, dedicated to the Institute for Colonial Culture.

ICC is looking for artefacts, documents and photographs representing the life and work in Congo of former European colonists, or their children and grand children. Ranging from clothes, personal and religious items to tools, work equipment, photographs, letters and administration, ICC welcomes any suggestions for materials, books and documentation that represents this historic period.

Please contact erfors@gmail.com for inquiries or donations to the collection.

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National Museum of Lubumbashi:

The National Museum of Lubumbashi, one of the museums of the Institute of National Museums of Congo (IMNC), is a permanent, non-profit institution serving society and its development. It is open to the public and aims to promote interest in cultural heritage and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Museum shares knowledge about history, art, natural and human sciences and technology. Founded in 1958, the "Elizabethville Museum" was successively named "Leopold II Museum" (or "Cabu Museum", in reference to its founder, Dr. Francis Cabu). In the 1960s it was named the "Katanga Regional Museum", before becoming the "National Museum of Lubumbashi" in 1970.