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Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise

6 February 2016 - 29 May 2016

Co-produced with the Institute for Human Activities.

The Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise is a group based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. It brings together plantation workers who engage in art making at settlements of the Institute for Human Activities in the country’s rainforest. This organisation was established by the Dutch artist Renzo Martens for the purpose of effecting social change.

This exhibition features sculptural portraits or representations of art-market figures such as the collector. Each one is moulded from clay and then reproduced in Belgian chocolate through multiple technologies, including 3D scanning and printing. Profits generated from the sale of these works are directed back to the plantation workers, improving their living conditions and helping redressing global economic inequalities.

Hear director Alistair Hudson’s interpretation of the show:


Photos from the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise launch event, Saturday 6 February 2016:


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