(Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Often featuring birds, flowers and iconic faces, the thought-provoking, dreamlike work of Congolese-born, UK-based painter and writer Mulumba examines the beauty and contradictions of human folly. This exhibition, entitled FLOWER POWER – the dictators garden, explores dichotomy – the strong against the fragile, the beautiful facing the monstrous. In the current climate of prejudice and populism, Mulumba’s paintings depict notorious figures with hopeful colour. They are juxtaposed with gorgeous women, rooted yet delicate. By contemplating this duality, perhaps we can grow a place where happiness rules. Where tolerance trounces bigotry, virtue tears into materialism, and ultimately, a dream is born in which beasts turn to beauty.