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Chéri Samba

Ils attendent le sauveur Jésus Christ

June 13 - August 1 2020
Friday - Saturday 13h00-18h00 or by appointment
Leopoldstraat 55 · 2000 Antwerp · info@corridorgallery.be
Ils attendent le sauveur Jésus Christ

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Corridor is pleased to present a solo show with works by Chéri Samba.

Chéri Samba (1956) is a painter from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is one of the most famous contemporary African artists, with works included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Fondation Cartier, Louis Vuitton and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He participated in the 2007 Venice Biennale and in group exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), Le Magasin (Grenoble) and ZKM (Karlsruhe). Chéri Samba’s international breakthrough was the groundbreaking group exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre (curator: Jean-Hubert Martin) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1989.

Chéri Samba or Samba wa Mbimba N’zingo Nuni Masi Ndo Mbasi was born in Kinto M’Vuila as the elder son of a family of ten children. His father was a blacksmith and his mother a farmer. In 1972, at the age of 16, he left the village to find work as a sign painter in the capital Kinshasa. In 1975 he opened his own studio. At the same time, he also became an illustrator for the entertainment magazine Bilenge Info. It is around this time that he starting developing his signature style of combining paintings with text. Working both as a billboard painter and a comic-strip artist, he used the styles of both genres when he began making his paintings on sacking cloth. His paintings almost always include text in French and Lingala, commenting on life in Africa and the modern world.

Installation view of the exhibition
Installation view of the exhibition
Installation view of the exhibition
Un jour du 8 March à Madimba, Acrylic on canvas, 120x150cm, 1996
Un jour du 8 March à Madimba, Acrylic on canvas, 120x150cm, 1996
Le secret d’un petit poisson devenu grand, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2002
Le secret d’un petit poisson devenu grand, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2002
Les mauvaises orange des bonnes, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2004
Les mauvaises orange des bonnes, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2004
Les tours de Babel dans la monde, Acrylic on canvas, 120x150cm, 1991
Les tours de Babel dans la monde, Acrylic on canvas, 120x150cm, 1991
Ils attendtendent le sauveur Jésus Christ, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2004
Ils attendtendent le sauveur Jésus Christ, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2004
Le balkanisation des pays d'Afrique, Acrylic on canvas, 115x145cm, 2000
Le balkanisation des pays d'Afrique, Acrylic on canvas, 115x145cm, 2000
Je suis le même mais je ne suis plus le même, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2006
Je suis le même mais je ne suis plus le même, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 2006
Une école particulière, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 1992
Une école particulière, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 1992
Ecolle Maternelle, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 1992
Ecolle Maternelle, Acrylic on canvas, 81x100cm, 1992