Cheryl Sim on Chiromancies
Chiromancies is a series of works in ink on mylar begun in 2008 by Moridja Kitenge Banza. Chiromancy, or palmistry, is a practice which consists of reading the lines in the palm of the hand to predict personality traits and the trajectories of one’s life. Moridja Kitenge Banza was born and raised in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has now established himself in Montreal after attending art school in France. In this series he explores the trajectories of his personal history, taking us into deep terrain of the subconscious. His use of mylar came out of a practical exploration as its light weight and rollability would allow him to easily carry his works, hang them wherever he may be, and get to work.
About Moridja Kitenge Banza
Canadian-Congolese artist Interview with Moridja Kitenge Banza was born in Kinshasa in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds degrees from l’Académie des beaux-arts de Kinshasa, from l’École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole, and from the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty of l’Université de La Rochelle. In 2010, he was awarded the first prize of the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART for his video Hymne à nous and his installation work De 1848 à nos jours. He will return to DAK’ART in 2020 as a guest curator of the Biennial. His work was part of exhibitions at the Musée Dauphinois, Grenoble; Museum of Contemporary Art, Rosklide; Arndt Gallery and Ngbk, Berlin; Biennale Internationale de Casablanca; Fondation Attijariwafa Bank, Casablanca; Fondation Blachère, Apt; as well as BAnQ, galerie Joyce Yahouda, Oboro, and Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.
Interview with Moridja Kitenge Banza - PHI Foundation