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These moments when we link up are intense, rich in joy and camaraderie. left: 1,2,3&4. pictures from Jimi Loko’s musicians / Railway / Lingwala / Kinshasa / dec 2006 right: Exhibition at Jimi Loko’s space / Railway / Lingwala / Kinshasa / jan 2007 (Photographs, JcLanquetin) African Cities Reader 43 Sape Project Jean-Christophe Lanquetin Each shoot poses a set of fundamental questions. Exchange is one. Means (of which I have few) must be found to do one, essential thing: develop the photos relatively quickly to show them to those whom they depict and, where possible, leave prints with them.
The capital flowing into the city comes through ex-pats and foreigners. The latter often Lebanese - people from outside, who start to redevelop the city but only to a certain and very minimal extent. VR: What about the diamond trade in the early 1990s and the kind of wealth it generated? Was it at all reflected in what was happening to the physical space of Kinshasa? FdeB: Well, on the one hand, it just accentuated the level of non-investment in physical space because all of that money would leave.
They are called “Bana terre rouge,” or the children of the red earth, in reference to the dusty and unasphalted sand roads in those areas. The people living there have never had a real sense of the colonial city as their own. Very often, I think, they don’t feel as if the city belongs to them. It’s not their city. Father Kabila, I believe, understood that very well and tried to decentralize the urban space, much like Wade. As an alternative to the Central Market in the colonial center, Kabila ordered another market to be built in the city’s newer periphery.