Prisca Munkeni Monnier is unveiling a new body of work La Vie Est Belle next week 15 December, in collaboration with the photography organisation Fellowship dedicated to bringing the most celebrated names of photography into Web3. The new body of work will be unveiled by Fellowship as an online exhibition and all works are available to purchase as NFTs through Foundation from 15 December onwards. Press images here.
Prisca’s photography practice is profoundly influenced by her hugely international upbringing and childhood: Zairean, born in Brussels, growing up in Kinshasa and studying in South Africa before setting up her practice and life between Marseille and Kinshasa. The complex web of memories, family and heritage narrate her images that explore her identity as an African creator and woman whose memories are interlinked within the politics and history of the continent. Prisca’s explorations of identity manifest in many forms, including her childhood memories of finding herself comparing her hair and looks to the ones seen in Western magazines as seen in her Suki series. She delves deep into the Westernized idea of beauty and looking presentable which she sees manifesting as a part of the African canon and identity.
The new series La Vie Est Belle is created by late esteemed musician Papa Wemba from Congo. The code advocates for “work with what you have” attitude towards art but most importantly, it depicts the hope of getting back the mineral wealth that has been (still is) stolen from the DRCongo by mining corporations: copper, aluminum and more while the locals are largely left to work with trash. Prisca says: “It’s a denunciation of the violence towards the mine workers but also towards artists, since they are both ignored. They are both children of the country but forsaken by their nation… they work (create) with very little or no help at all, so it’s kind of a revolution and political statement. And a message of hope as well. Because creating something beautiful with recycled cell phones or cans and other objects, is a way of getting our land back.”
Fellowship are delighted to collaborate with a trailblazing photographer like Prisca after their successful debut at Paris Photo as the first organization to present NFT photography at the prestigious fair with a selection of works by Guy Bourdin, Dmitri Cherniak x Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Cristina de Middel, Eman Ali and more.