Kamuanga Ilunga, Eddy
Born 1991 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga explores the seismic shifts in the economic, political and social identity of the Democratic Republic of Congo that have taken place since colonialism. Increasingly globalized, there is a sense in the DRC that some of its people are rejecting its heritage, a conflict that fuels Kamuanga Ilunga’s work. His subjects, with bare skin replaced by electronic circuitry, reference the components of modern devices, technology that could not exist without coltan, a substance mined in the DRC with human and environmental cost. His work has been exhibited at Frist Art Museum, Tennessee; Kunsthaus, Graz; Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work is in private and public collections including the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover; Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Zeitz Collection of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; the Private Collection of Laurence Graff OBE and the Norval Foundation, Cape Town.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Fragile 5, 2018, Archival giclée print (K3 ink) on 100% cotton 300gsm archival paper, 37.7 x 39.5 cm. Edition of 25. Courtesy of October Gallery.

Artists 2021