CATPC — Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise

CATPC — “Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise” (Congolese Plantation Workers Art League) in full – is a cooperative of plantation workers based in Lusanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Founded in 2014, the cooperative is best known for their sculptures in river clay that are reproduced in products from the plantation: palm fat, cocoa, and sugar. CATPC has used the proceeds of their art to secure hundreds of acres of former plantation land for future generations. In the middle of that land, they built a museum, the White Cube Lusanga, and established worker-owned, ecological and inclusive food gardens: the Post Plantation.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Balot, KOW, Berlin (2022); Irene Kanga: Forced Love, KOW, Berlin (2020); CATPC - the artists from the plantation. A portrait by Baloji, MAMA, Albury, Australia (2017); SculptureCenter, New York City (2017); and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2016). Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise, Renzo Martens, and curator Hicham Khalidi will provide the Dutch entry for the Venice Biennale 2024.