Grand Prêtre Mère
Do Nsoseme Dora (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Through the photographic series Grand Prêtre Mère (Grand Priest Mother), Do Nsoseme Dora questions the ideological, cultural and consecrated value of clothes, imagining a society in 2050 freed from the dress sashes. Her thinking focuses more specifically on questioning the feminine identity and the wearing of the jacket in Congolese society. To do this, the artist has convinced women working in the informal sector, to wear men’s costumes borrowed from their husbands and so clothed, go about their respective occupations and pose in front of his goal in their daily environment.
Do Nsoseme Dora is a spoken word artist, poet and Congolese photographer, born in 1994 in Kinshasa. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa and after a career in events, communication, design, she has devoted herself to poetry, the practice of spoken word and photography since 2015. Winner of the contest of Slam – Urban Poetry Kinshasa, she continues her practice based on meetings and observation of everyday life. Invited by the Royal Flemish Theater KVS, Brussels, for the third edition of Slam Our World in 2017, she exhibited her first photographic series Grand Prêtre Mère as part of the project Kinshasa 2050. Do Nsoseme Dora is currently working on her first collection of poetry in which photography plays a special role.