Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas (b.1960), who will represent Canada in the 2022 Venice Biennale, creates films, photographs, and theatre productions that investigate technology’s role in image-making. Luanda-Kinshasa is a fictional live recording of a seventies band laying down a jazz, funk, and Afrobeat mix. The title combines the names of two African capital cities—Luanda (Angola) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)—but the work is set in New York, referencing colonial appropriation of African culture and music. Douglas is the recipient of numerous notable honours, including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2016); the Scotiabank Photography Award (2013); and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York (2012).
Black Art Matters
Stan Douglas, still from Luanda-Kinshasa, 2013
Overall dimensions vary with installation, single-channel video projection, 6 hr 1 min (loop), colour, sound. © Stan Douglas.
Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York