Pathy Tshindele, Untitled, 2016, From the Power series, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm / 39 x 47 in, Signed and dated, Photo: Cyrille Martin, Courtesy MAGNIN-A
Pathy Tshindele, Untitled, 2016, From the Power series, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm / 39 x 47 in, Signed and dated, Photo: Cyrille Martin, Courtesy MAGNIN-A 

Despite having studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, Pathy Tshindele expressed his desire to ‘unlearn’ all that he was taught in order to develop an unconventional way of working. In 2003, along with his friends from the Eza Possibles collective, Tshindele initiated the ‘Kinshasa Wenze Wenze’, an event that involved producing sculptural works from recovered wrecked cars found across the city as a way of addressing the deteriorating state of the city, and the difficulties faced by its inhabitants. Tshindele’s works are heavily attributed to language, to expressions within the Kin language, and in wider reference to what he refers to as the unwritten, “made up from day to day”. His canvas depictions present synecdoches for a citizenship of the world in response to the monolithic oppression of race, nationality or gender. Recent group exhibitions include L’Afrique des routes, Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris (2017); and Beauté Congo – 1926–2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris (2015).