Faustin Linyekula

Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
18 months

Faustin Linyekula will collaborate with 30 artists in Kisangani on Lubunga Files, a four-part film portraying citizen perspectives on life in Lubunga, Democratic Republic of Congo. He will also host artistic workshops and film screenings showcasing the work of Congolese and African filmmakers, to emphasize the importance of locally-produced narratives, images, and reflections.

Linyekula is a choreographer, stage director, and storyteller. He lives and works in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. After studying literature and theater in Kisangani, Linyekula settled in Nairobi. In 1997, he cofounded Gàara, the first contemporary dance company in Kenya. When he returned to Kinshasa in 2001, he created Studios Kabako, a venue for visual theater and dance. Linyekula has also collaborated with the Comédie Française, the Lorraine ballets, the National Ballet of Portugal CNB, and has conceived performances for international museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and MUCEM in Marseilles. Linyekula has received awards from the Prince Claus Foundation, the Curry Stone Foundation, and the City of Lisbon. He will be the artist in residence at the 2019 Holland Festival in Amsterdam.