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Tales of the Invisible City
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Tales of the Invisible City

(Kristiaan Borret) The Low Countries - 2005, № 13, pp. 252-253

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As the capital of the then Belgian Congo, Kinshasa occupies an important place in the history of Belgian architecture and urban planning. The development of the capital was an outstanding project of Belgian Modernity; but nowadays that modernist quality is only one of the many realities of Kinshasa. ‘Kinshasa. Tales of the Invisible City' deals with the complex reality of Kinshasa as a post-colonial Central African city. Anthropologist Filip de Boeck and photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart, together with architect/curator Koen van Synghel, put together an award-winning exhibition and book on this theme for the Belgian pavilion at the 2004 International Architecture Biennale in Venice. (Filip de Boeck & Marie-Françoise Plissart, Kinshasa. Tales of the Invisible City. Ghent, 2004)

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