The Executive Director of Yango Biennale - Kiripi Katembo Siku

 

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Kiripi Katembo Siku - a Painter, Photographer, Film Maker and Film Producer  is also Founding Director of Mutotu and Executive Director of the Yango Biennale based  in Kinshasa, Congo. He  is the founder of the collective Yebela for photographers and video artists  in Congo Kinshasa. He was second assistant director of the fiction feature films: Viva Riva by DJO Munga wa Tunda and assistant director and Casting “Rebelle” War Witch of Kim Nguyen - that got Oscar-nomination for a child soldier drama film. The film was Canada’s entry  in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 85th Academy Awards, and became one of the five nominees. The film was the top winner at the first Canadian Screen Awards, winning  10 awards -  including wins for best film, best director, best screenplay and best actress for  its teenage star, Rachel Mwanza. His other film productions, among them Atalaku by Dieudo Hamadi, got the award for best documentary film at Cinema du Reel festival at the Centre Pompidou (Paris)  in 20 13 and received  in the same year Best price for Foreign / Diaspora Film  in New York (USA). Kiripi  is also producer of (Congo in Four Acts) - codirected by Dieudo Hamadi and Divita Wa Lusala that received 2 awards: “Cinema du Reel (20 10) and “Africa Movie Academy Awards” and was shown  in many  international film platforms  including IDFA. Kiripi also produced “Symphony Kinshasa” (2009) and Cardboard Car Film (2008), which took the media scene by storm among them - CNN and was shown at the Centre Pompidou  in France. His films have been shown at film festivals  in Berlin, Toronto, IDFA, and Carthage  in Tunisia and was  in 2013 invited to Festival de Cannes. Besides his work  in the field of Cinema, Kirip i  is also a brilliant photographer whose work  is collected world-wide and has been exhibited  in major platforms among them: Venice Biennale, IFAA, Berlinale, New York Contemporary Art Biennial, Rencontres de Bamako, 67th Festival d’Avignon, Rencontres d’Arles. Royal Museum of Tervuren Brussels (Belgium), BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts  in Brussels (Belgium) TAZ  in Ostend (Belgium),  in Tunisia and  in KVS -Flemish cultural center Brussels (Belgium). Kiripi  is also the 20 13 winner and author of the photos illustrating the preview programme and poster of the 67th Festival d’Avignon. He has won several Awards for his visuals arts work,  is also publicised  in numerous magazines  including Coumer International Africa and Art catalogues