On April 21–22, a quintessential White Cube has been repatriated on the site of Unilever’s first ever plantation of the D.R. Congo, in Lusanga, 650 km southeast of Kinshasa.
Designed by OMA, this White Cube is the cornerstone of the of the Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality(LIRCAEI).
For decades, monoculture has been violently imposed in the plantations zones by distant shareholders. The immense wealth generated by this exploitative system has been partially invested in art institutions devoted to critique, taste and aesthetics.
With the establishment of LIRCAEI, the mechanisms through which plantations underwrite the art world will be reversed. In Lusanga the White Cube will attract the capital and visibility needed to invent a new ecological and economic model on site: the post plantation.
Client: De Standaard Magazine, IHA