Lumumba's Iconography in the Arts by Matthias De GroofLumumba's Iconography in the Arts by Matthias De Groof

Lumumba's Iconography in the Arts

EditorMatthias De Groof

Paperback | October 15, 2019

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 593 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Pre-order online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not yet available in stores


It is no coincidence that a historical figure such as Patrice Emery Lumumba, independent Congo's first prime minister, who was killed in 1961, has lived in the realm of the cultural imaginary and occupied an afterlife in the arts. After all, his project remained unfinished and his corpse unburied. The figure of Lumumba has been imagined through painting, photography, cinema, poetry, literature, theatre, music, sculpture, fashion, cartoons and stamps, and also through historiography and in public space. Reverting to either beatifying or diabolising his persona, no art form has been able to escape and remain indifferent to Lumumba. Artists observe the memory and the unresolved suffering that inscribed itself both upon Lumumba's body and within the history of Congo. If Lumumba – as an icon – lives on today, it is because the need for decolonisation does as well.

Rather than seeking to unravel the truth of actual events surrounding the historical Lumumba, this book engages with his representations. What is more, it considers every
historiography as inherently embedded in iconography. Film scholars, art critics, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists discuss the rich iconographic heritage inspired by Lumumba. Furthermore, Lumumba's Iconography in the Arts offers unique testimonies by a number of artists who have contributed to Lumumba's polymorphic iconography, such as Marlène Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Raoul Peck, and Tshibumba Matulu, and includes contributions by such highly acclaimed scholars as Gayatri Spivak,
Johannes Fabian, Bogumil Jewsiewicky, and Elikia M'Bokolo.

Contributors: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda (artist), Bogumil Jewsiewicki (em., Université Laval), Christopher L. Miller (Yale University), Elikia M'Bokolo (EHESS), Gayatri Spivak (Columbia University), Gert Huskens (ULB), Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven), Isabelle de Rezende (Central Washington University), Jean Tshonda Omasombo (Africa Museum), Johannes Fabian (em., University of Amsterdam), Julien Truddaïu (CEC), Karen Bouwer (University of San Francisco), Léon Tsambu (University of Kinshasa), Luc Tuymans (artist), Mark Sealy (Autograph – ABP), Marlène Dumas (artist), Pedro Monaville (NYU), Pierre Petit (ULB), Piet Defraeye (University of Alberta), Raoul Peck (artist), Robbert Jacobs (artist), Rosario Giordano (Università della Calabria), Tshibumba Matulu (artist), Véronique Bragard (UCLouvain), Zana Etambala (AfricaMuseum)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer Review Content).

Matthias De Groof is a postdoctoral researcher at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in Finland and is affiliated with the University of Antwerp.
Title:Lumumba's Iconography in the ArtsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 11.3 × 7.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:11.3 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2019Publisher:Leuven University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9462701741

ISBN - 13:9789462701748