- Sat, Jun 19 - Sun, Jun 20 2021
Open on weekends
- 10:00am - 7:00pm
- Sponsor Presentation
Fri, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Invite Only during the presentation
- Free entrance
Yumiko Takabayashi has always had a genuine interest in Africa and a keen enthusiasm for the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular. This passion was revealed in the summer of her sophomore year while in contact with a Congolese language teacher, Kalenga Ngoy. Since then, she has been amazed by the culture, energy and passion of the Congolese people. However, given she had never visited Congo before, the realistic image of the country was difficult to grasp. She was thus inspired to express her curiosity and love for the country by painting images of Congolese folktales and fables to tell stories as well as promote cultural exchanges between Japan and Congo.
Using watercolor painting and art, Yumiko gives life to thousands of years of Congolese history and culture, which is passed from generation to generation. She displays, with an extraordinary variety of genres and styles the works of ‘Leopard King’ along with an original story ‘Okapi and the Pursuit of Happiness’, a collaborative effort between Yumiko and Kilele Muzaliwa. The exhibition highlights the richness of collaboration and a symbiosis of Japanese and Congolese techniques.