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OACPS to host an exhibition on the arts and peoples of Angola

An exhibition on the identities of peoples and the primitive arts of Angola will be held in Brussels from 23 November to 14 December 2022. Organised under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), it will be held on the sidelines of the 10th Summit of Heads of State and Government of ACP States in Luanda, the Angolan capital.

Initiated by the curator Nicole Kanda, a stylist and art enthusiast from Angola, “Restitution of Identities” is a moving and interactive exhibition that is part of a dynamic process of valorisation and opening up of the Angolan culture and tourism market.


  • Guided tours
    Guides will be present in the room on Sundays 27 November, 4 December and 11 December from 1 to 4 pm.
    To visit the exhibition in a group with a guide, please book by email.

23 November 2022

  • 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – Conference: “Angola: women’s power, feminism and religion

Moderator: Mireille Robert, educator and president of Bamko.

    • Welcome and visit of the exhibition
    • Introduction “Restitution of identities
      • Nicole Kanda, initiator and co-curator
      • Katia Dewulf, representative of the AfricaMuseum
      • Aya Kasasa, OACPS representative
      • Intervention by Professor Patricio Batsikama, historian, anthropologist and curator
      • Artists Talk with Isabel Landama, Cristiano Mangovo and Patrick Mawete

Practical information

    • Venue: OEACP headquarters, 118 rue de l’Aqueduc, 1050 Brussels
    • Free admission but reservation required

24 November 2022

  • 19:30 – 21:00 – Conference: “The Kongo Kingdom and the Caribbean area”

The influence of the languages of the ancient Kongo Kingdom in the Caribbean area.

  • Introduction:
    • Jacky Maniacky, researcher and linguist, AfricaMuseum,
    • Prof. Patricio Batsikama, historian, anthropologist and curator of the exhibition,
  • Moderation:
    • Mireille Robert, educator and president of Bamko.

Practical information

25 November 2022

  • Decolonial and feminist guided tour (AfricaMuseum)

By Mireille Robert, educator and president of Bamko, guide at the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren.

The tour covers the following topics:

    • Colonial and post-colonial relations of domination;
    • Anti-colonial resistance;
    • Historical and sociological aspects such as the relationship with the diaspora and activists or the psychosocial impact of the museum on the Belgian population;
    • Decolonisation efforts by the museum and some proposals for improvements of Bamko;
    • The actions of women, who are too often invisibilised;
    • Belgium’s restitution policy and Bamko’s position.

Practical information

    • Times 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00
    • Venue: AfricaMuseum, Tervuren
    • Free admission but reservation required

26 November 2022

  • 18:30 – 19:30 – Visit of the exhibition
  • 19:30 – 21:00 – Screening of the documentary On the Zenith Wire by Natyvel Pentalier
    The documentary has been selected for the 21st edition of the Grand Bivouac, documentary film and book festival. After the screening, a question-and-answer session will be organised in the presence of the film’s director and the exhibition’s curator.

    • Moderator: Mireille Robert, educator and president of Bamko.

About the documentary:

“Who were we before we were discovered?” Back home, in a Gabon that was alternately Portuguese, Dutch, English and French before independence in the 1960s, Natyvel goes in search of her “double I”. Brought up with the one and only story “of the colonists and missionaries”, she is confronted with the mystery of the Byeri, the reliquary of her Fang ancestors, and with the power of the iboga cult, the sacred plant that opens up to the afterlife and that centuries of colonial domination wanted to erase: “Everything that was Negro, African, was a matter for the devil”. The return to the roots, says an elder, was imperative. “As long as this baby is not out, you will always have contractions. “I come from a people where the dead never leave the living. But since we became Christians, we can no longer hear them. A fascinating initiatory quest and personal search that takes us back to our own journey. And to our own ancestors?

Practical information

    • Venue: OACPS headquarters, 118 rue de l’Aqueduc, 1050 Brussels
    • Free admission but reservation required


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