Imagin(IN)g Racial France: Take 2 — Mowoso
In transit between Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Paris, Mowoso probes the world of Mikilisme.
Mowoso [Mo-woah- soh; in Lingala (DRC), rustlings of various kinds, from wind in the leaves to the whine of a hard drive preparing to crash]: an experimental network of transdisciplinary creators who come together as space, time, need, and desire allow to explore shifting takes on collaboration as an aesthetics of political engagement.
Mikili [Mee-kee- lee; in Lingala, a spin on the term mokili, meaning “world”]: a hybrid, part-mythic “third space” located in Western Europe. Tens of thousands of Congolese youth take off yearly, in flights real and imagined, for its capital: Paris.
Mikilisme [Mee-kee- lee- sum]: a wide variety of practices (ways of dressing, moving, speaking, and, more generally, communicating, eating and drinking, and earning and handling money) elaborated in response to the dream (and nightmare) of engaging with Mikili.
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