Who Killed Kabila (December, 2017)
From December 13 – 17, 2017, Chimurenga installed a library of books,
films, and visual material mapping extensive research that ask “Who
Killed Kabila”, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into
power, territory and the creative imagination. This book catalogues all
the research material produced and collected for this installation.
The equation is simple: the length of a Congolese president’s reign is
proportional to his/her willingness to honour the principle that the
resources of the Congo belong to others. Mzee Kabila failed.
Who killed Kabila is no mystery either. It is not A or B or C. But
rather A and B and C. All options are both true and necessary – it’s the
coming together of all these individuals, groups and circumstances, on
one day, within the proliferating course of the history, that does it.
So telling this story isn’t merely be a matter of presenting multiple
perspectives but rather of finding a medium able to capture the radical
singularity of the event in its totality, including each singular,
sometimes fantastical, historical fact, rumour or suspicion.
We’ve heard plenty about the danger of the single story – we want to
explore its power. We take inspiration from the Congolese musical
imagination, its capacity for innovation and its potential to allow us
to think “with the bodily senses, to write with the musicality of one’s
own flesh” (Mbembe).