How do you like this image? I know nothing about this image other than its supposed origins in Zaire.
I also know next to nothing about the history of Christianity in Zaire.
Are there any Africans out there that can enlighten me? It is a very colourful and thought provoking image so anything you can add would be most welcome.
7 thoughts on “Christian Art, Zaire Style”
Google goggles shows that this was used on the cover of a German book:
Gott feiern in der Einen Welt: Liturgische Modelle und Bausteine
by Klaus Vellguth, Katja Heidemanns
Which translates as:
Celebrate God in One World: Liturgical models and building blocks.
Other than that I got nothing. 🙂
Thanks Ben, you got further than me in tracking it down.
André Kamba Luesa (1944-95), Resurrection, 1992. Peinture grattée, 45 x 58 cm. © Missio Aachen.
I love this painting–Jesus jumping over (or rising out of?) the flaming jaws of death, with his followers heralding his victory, which is now theirs as well, on all sides.
Luesa also painted a Visitation scene: http://www.fusz.hu/fuszdrupal/?q=content/hangok-%C3%A9s-sz%C3%ADnek-h%C3%B3dol%C3%A1sa-kar%C3%A1csony-titka-el%C5%91tt-ii
Curiously, I following your comment I found other websites identifying the image as "Jesus feeding the hungry." I suspect it is a corruption of the suggestion that we "feed the "African" Jesus to them" at the bottom of the website you referenced. Other websites identified it as "Resurrection" as you have and this does seem to fit the image better. No wonder I had trouble tracking it down though as none of the references are in English. I had to use Google translate. Thanks for the tip.
Yeah, I wish more were written in English about African Christian art! I should have mentioned too that this image is published in the book Christ for All People: Celebrating a World of Christian Art, edited by Ron O’Grady. It appears there under the title Resurrection. That’s how I first found out about it.
Jesus had a look at the book on Amazon. Looks like a good read.
As a Belgian, I can tell you that when Belgian Congo was our colony (well, actually the colony of our genocidal king Leopold II and some rich industrial chiefs) we also had catholic clergy and monastics going over there to those ‘poor black people’, with different motives. Catholic presence had been in that part of Africa since the Portugese explored it in the 1500s btw.
Later on the protestants have arrived too, including a lot of pentecostals, and more indigenous forms of African protestantism, and it also gave rise to the weird sect of Kimbanguism.