Lobi Kuna (the Day Before Yesterday / the Day After Tomorrow)
Matthias De Groof
Photographer Mekhar Kiyoso is in the Africa Museum for a shoot. His gaze is soon unsettled as he views through his lens the macabre museum as a mausoleum of his cultural heritage. As he’s being possessed by the artefacts, he remembers being alienated from them. Lobi Kuna (which in Lingala means the day after tomorrow as well as the day before yesterday) tells the story of his appropriation of the past in order to project himself into a future., and this while the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren undergoes a metamorphosis through its renovations. In speaking about the relation of Mekhar to the museum, Lobi Kuna speaks about the relation of the African diaspora to Europe and its role for Africa. It speaks about the confines of Europe and the difficulties of decolonization.