Nadia Yala Kisukidi in conversation with Vincent Meessen


A conversation between Vincent Meessen and the French-Congolese philosopher, essayist and novelist Nadia Yala Kisukidi as part of the closing programme of Polyphone. Polyphonies visuelles et sonores at Musée d'art et d'histoire Paul Eluard in Saint-Denis


06/11/2022, 16:30h


During this closing meeting, Vincent Meessen and the French-Congolese philosopher, essayist and novelist Nadia Yala Kisukidi will discuss the intertwining of historical, musical and political perspectives as well as the material conditions of the making of the multi-screen installation One.Two.Three (2015) exhibited in the museum chapel.


This work features young female musicians gathered at One.Two.Three, a mythical rumba club in Kinshasa (DRC). As they try to get together to perform, we witness the recomposition of a revolutionary song found in the archives of Belgian situationist Raoul Vaneigem. Written in May 68 by Joseph Mbelolo, a Congolese student who, at the time, was participating in the reflective work of the Situationist International, this song brings the irresolute of the past into the present of a capital under siege in which the student uprising was suppressed in blood.


Musée d'art et d'histoire Paul Eluard,

22 bis rue Gabriel Péri,

93200 Saint-Denis, France


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