In the course of the research for ‘Tronc d’arbre criblé de balles’, the project turned into ‘Tronc d’arbre criblé de balles transformé en Makala’. Having searched several days for the tree against which Lumumba and his comrades had been executed, the artist fi nally found some residents who told him that the tree had been chopped down and turned into ‘makala’ ‘(charcoal). This search was captured on fi lm and will be part of the cinematographic essay ‘Spectres’. During his search in the wooded savanna north of Lubumbashi, the artist came into contact with Congolese villagers who transported large bags of ‘makala’ from this area to Lubumbashi on bikes, to provide the population there with fuel for cooking.
It was therefore a matter of course that the obsessional search for the tree and its fetishization by the main character of the cinematographic essay Jaques Brasinne de La Buissière, and the idea resulting from this search to transform the tree into a bronze monument, took a new turn.
Starting from 2010, this installation will be exhibited in several places in Belgium and abroad.
The deductive process led to a residue object, namely three bags of ‘makala’, that are transported by bike. Those objects, bought in the Lubumbashi cité, were put in wooden crates by a local carpenter and then shipped to Brussels. For now, without any effect, the transporters refuse to send'explosive material' and hold it in Lubumbashi. The artist travels to Congo in 2012, hoping to recover the material.
The first screening from the film "Spectres" took place in May 2010 and has since been seen in numerous exhibitions and several countries. For screening dates and locations: http://www.augusteorts.be/projects/project/54