Painting of figure with African mask with gold halo, on light brown background.

Moridja Kitenge Banza. Christ Pantocrator No. 19, 2021. Acrylic and gold leaf on wood, 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. © Moridja Kitenge Banza

Et la lumière fut (And there was light)

November 13, 2021 - November 2022

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moridja Kitenge Banza migrated to Canada in the mid-2000s and settled in Montreal, Quebec. In his multidisciplinary art practice, Banza draws on his complex feelings around identity and migration as a member of the African diaspora, incorporating his own memories as well documented histories to illuminate the brutal legacies of colonization.

This installation, which includes 13 paintings from Banza’s Christ Pantocrator series and 3 stained-glass works, offers moments to reflect upon biography, colonial histories, artmaking, and the creation of new narratives. It marks the culmination of this series in the artist’s oeuvre.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario


ARTWORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION

Painting of figure with African mask with gold halo, on light brown background.

Moridja Kitenge Banza. Christ Pantocrator No. 20, 2021. Acrylic and gold leaf on wood, 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. © Moridja Kitenge Banza

Et la lumière fut - artworks
Painting of figure with African mask with gold halo, on orange background.

Moridja Kitenge Banza. Christ Pantocrator No. 21, 2021. Acrylic and gold leaf on wood, 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. © Moridja Kitenge Banza

Et la lumière fut - artworks
Painting of figure with African mask with gold halo, on orange background.

Moridja Kitenge Banza. Christ Pantocrator No. 22, 2021. Acrylic and gold leaf on wood, 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. © Moridja Kitenge Banza

Et la lumière fut - artworks
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