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Published: 26 October 2019

By Andy Ross

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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

Kinshasa-born Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga uses textiles as identifiers for his paintings which comment on the history of people and objects.

A catalogue of his most recent exhibition in the October Gallery has a very interesting interview about his use of textiles. Eddy portrays people draped in fabrics and surrounded by artefacts which directly relate to the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bright and colourful fabrics help highlight the fact that these materials come about at "huge cost: the cultural devastation of the people wearing them" while the bowls, statuettes and jugs remind us that there is a European angle to the situation in which the Congolese people find themselves. The catalogue is available to see in the studio library.