Minister of Garbage: From Rubbish to Art in Kinshasa

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    Emmanuel Botalatala is Kinshasa’s self-styled “minister of garbage”.

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo capital’s working-class districts, he creates three-dimensional artworks from rubbish thrown out by the city’s residents.

    Botalatala expresses his unique and bold world view of Africa through his art, fascinating young and old across the country.

    At age 65 and disabled by polio, the “minister” is entering the last phase of his life penniless, but with plans to open a cultural centre to exhibit his work, train future ministers of garbage and leave a legacy.

    Through his artwork and stubborn ways, this film addresses the role an artist’s vision can play in a country which is searching for itself.

    Emmanuel Botalatala finds the parts that make up his artwork in Kinshasa’s vast rubbish piles [Screengrab/Al Jazeera]
    Botalatala’s three-dimensional art is inspired by his disgust for war and his criticism of the looting of his country [Screengrab/Al Jazeera]
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    Source: Al Jazeera

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