Georges Senga

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Georges Senga is a photographer who recently finished his residency as a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work deals with identity, heritage, and history, which he connects to the idea of ‘memory’ – the memory of who we are, what we have and where we come from. In 2017, Georges Senga took a series of photographs of old Volkswagen transporter vans in Congo, in response to the emissions scandal surrounding the manipulation of the exhaust from Volkswagen cars. He produced a new series of photographs in the spring of 2019, on the abandoned mining sites and factories belonging to Gecamines, the biggest mining company in Katanga, which is currently nearly bankrupt. Georges Senga has had a solo exhibition at the A-Foundation in Brussels (2019) and his work has been presented in group exhibitions such as Multiple Transmissions: Art in the Afropolitan Age, Wiels, Brussels (2019); Kampala Art Biennale and in Muzee Ostend in 2014; at Rencontres Picha Biennale de Lubumbashi in 2013 & 2009. In 2015 he was a fellow at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium, as well as part of the project African Odyssey at the arts centre BRASS in Brussels, and presented work at the Bamako Biennale, where he received the Léon l’Africain prize sponsored by Royal Air Maroc. He was also in residence in Stuttgart at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.