I decided to go in my country Congo for the first time at 24 for my last university project. I was concerned that every time you heard of DRC Congo it was about a killing or an image of death and misery. Even without being there I knew there was more to see. My work always had influences of Fashion and it's been the guiding thread of my work. My aim with this collection is to show another side of DRC Congo where people are friendly, happy and colourful - a world where Africans are able to do so much with so little.
The collection includes images of Kenny’s family, the Kinshasa arts scene and a group called “The Panthers" part of La Sape movement very present in lots of African countries but mostly in Congo. The movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor “Dandies”.
Kenny Mutombo is a 26-year-old artist from Paris, originally from Congo DRC she studied Fine-Art at LaSorbonne and came to London 4 years ago to study Digital Photography at Ravensbourne University London.
She uses photography and fashion to develop and discuss black beauty in attempt to break the mainstream views.