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Archive: Bodys Isek Kingelez

Aéromode (Aéroport Moderne), 1991. Plywood, paper, cardboard and mixed materials, 64 x 80 x 55 cm. © B.I. Kingelez courtesy of The Jean Pigozzi Collection of African Art. Photograph: Maurice Aeschimann.

A sculptor’s vision of the city of the future.
Words by Aindrea Emelife.

I invite you to ask yourself: If you could model your own utopia, what would it look like? If you could be the architect of a society, what would you include, exclude, multiply and decrease? Could you envision a political and social transformation? 

Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez took on this task with his beguiling and painstakingly intricate architectural sculptures, which he called “extreme maquettes.” He made hundreds of these metropolises from found materials, exercising society’s problems in cardboard and waste plastic and positing his view for the ideal society.

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