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Primordial Earth: Inhabiting the Landscape by Léonard Pongo

Brussels, Belgium
January 20, 2021
March 21, 2021
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Are you in Belgium? Don't miss out the exhibition 'Primordial Earth: Inhabiting the Landscape' by the artist Léonard Pongo, who joined our platform in 2019. You can visit the show until March 21st at BOZAR in Brussels.

By exploring the diversity of landscapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Léonard Pongo offers an allegorical imagery of the country. Imbued with a sense of magical beauty and mystical power, the landscape seen through his eyes becomes a setting to rebuild the self, and the earth becomes the source of an awareness from which tradition, philosophy and conceptions of the universe emerge. For Léonard Pongo, exploring the environment, as well as sensory experience, are pathways to an emerging vision of the world – it is by becoming one with the landscape that it becomes possible to engage with life.

Drawing inspiration from Congolese traditions and Kasaian cultures, Primordial Earth: Inhabiting the Landscape presents the landscape as a character with its own will and power, like an open book that tells the story of humanity and the planet, with Congo at its centre.

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