Éric Androa (CD)
Wed 5 Oct ’22 and Thu 6 Oct ’22
Eric Androa: ‘I am willing to lend my body’
Wed 5 Oct ’22
Thu 6 Oct ’22

The Congolese performer Éric Androa uses his body in the performance Cible (Target) to tell the story of two women. They are two of the thousands of female victims of sexual violence against women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more than 2 decades a war has been raging there that took the lives of more than 5 million people. Once raped, these women are rejected by their husbands. Forced to flee they find themselves in a permanent exodus. But without women there are no more births, there are no more lives and society will collapse. Eric Androa: 'With my performative acts I want to denounce this barbaric war tactics that targets women with the aim of destroying society’. 

Finally, I think of the man who helps these women to recover: Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist and human rights activist. He treats women raped by the country's armed forces and helps them recover at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. At the risk of his own life.

About Éric Androa

Eric Androa Mindre Kolo was born in 1983 in Aru (Congo DRC) and was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa and the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg (Haute École des Arts du Rhin). Recognized as one of the most important artists of his generation in Central Africa, he has co-curated the Kinshsasa Chroniques exhibition and the Africas: Concrete Utopias program in France, among others.

In his work he moves between performances, installations, collages and drawings with a keen eye for and involvement with current problems and situations confronting the population of the African continent, especially in their relation to Mikili ('the world' in the Lingala). He describes himself as a devoted 'Mikilist', meaning 'one who has seen the world, one who has travelled'. Eric Androa is founder of the Bingo Cosmos collective and member of the CRIC collective and lives and works in Strasbourg.

Concept, choreography and performance Eric Androa Mindre Kolo