Panels, discussions, fashion performance & concert

• Fri 09 – Sat 10 11 2018 •

Kizobazoba is fashion, film, performance, music, improvisation. Upcycling in theory and as practice. Kizobazoba is a festival of original fakes. Two days of Kinshasa lifestyle in Cologne.

Concept and direction: DOROTHEE WENNER

FR 9 11 2018

17:00 HYPE, HYPER, WEB-FILMS – Podium discussion on measuring success, the pressure to succeed, and the realities of production in current documentary filmmaking

19:00 PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA – Talks with experts on the collective production of imagery

SA 10 11 2018
19:00 Kizobazoba – Fashion performance & concert

9 11: Free admission
10 11: 15€ / 7€ reduced

In english and german language

Venue: studiobühneköln, Universitätsstraße 16a, 50937 Köln

Kizobazoba stands for a specific Congolese inclination toward improvisation, it describes survival strategies and is philosophy at the same time. The project Kizobazoba programmatically takes up this Lingala word, widely used in Kinshasa, combining fashion design, film, and music into a transmedial fashion performance.

For Kizobazoba fashion students at the Akademie Mode & Design (AMD) in Berlin and the Institut supérieur des arts et métiers (ISAM) in Kinshasa have designed their own collections, which will be presented by Congolese and German performers, models, and musicians at various spaces at studiobühne köln. Dress codes as a protest against post-colonial stereotypes. Outfits that spur on gender bending. Glamour flirts with streetwear, upcycling takes over the luxury sector. The exoticism of the west is reflected back from the south. Kizobazoba shows fashion that dares to use borders as a springboard into the next chapter.

The web documentary Kinshasa Collection by Dorothee Wenner was the starting point for Kizobazoba. Contributors to both projects pursued further transnational traces in the globalized fashion world. Many new experts were brought on board for Kizobazoba to delve deeper into the collective production of images between African and “the west” from a variety of perspectives.
Kizobazoba kicks off the program Festival of Original Fakes, which deals with artistic creativity beyond the parameters of trademark protection and copyright and examines aesthetic strategies that expressly subvert these concepts.

Cooperation partners/Supporters:

Film und Medien Stiftung NRW
AMD Akademie Mode & Design
ISAM Institut Supérieur des Arts et Métiers, Kinshasa
GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
Afrika Film Festival Köln
Goethe Institut Kinshasa
Engagement Global
Ifs internationale filmschule köln
Kinshasa Collection
Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Theaterakademie Köln
Universität zu Köln