In this body of work I wanted to interrogate the proliferation of technological commerce in our geopolitical and social economical system. Technology’s reliance on mining for resources, for instance, has made African countries and their people underprivileged, vulnerable to resource extraction, low-wage labour abuse as well as a range of other factors beyond their control, dictated by international economic markets. I always found it striking that in these resource rich countries the socio-economic situation of the population is a dramatic contradiction to what it should be.
In this occasion, I personify a Grand Prêtre, a flattering adjective generally used to describe in the Congolese jargon: an individual who has achieved a certain level of success in one area or another and does not hesitate to show off. In this scenario I observe and have been observed, at the same time I participate and through sartorial performances, I emphasize self-determinacy. The latter comes together in Cape Town, a city that exhibits its many political, historical and socio-economical loaded spaces between the have and the have nots. This is where I choose to perform; these environments are vital to the meaning of the work. I basically portray a metaphorical vision of people of resource rich countries in the global south.