Déclaration De Dépendance de la Belgique au Zaire BIWA
Collection: M HKA, Antwerpen - Schenking Samarkand, 2019.
Poster for the declaration
Jef Lambrecht was a journalist renowned as one of Belgium’s foremost experts in the current affairs of the Middle-East. Together with Karel Schoetens, Lambrecht founded the artistic project the Belgian Institute for World Affairs (B.I.W.A.) in 1982, as a way to reflect on the peculiarity of Belgium, including its relations to the rest of the world. In 1989, during the ongoing crisis between Belgium and its former colony Zaire (its former colony Congo and now Democratic Republic of Congo) concerning the waiving of debt, B.I.W.A. organised the action Declaration of Dependence, which declared unilaterally that Belgium was a dependent of its former colony Zaire. Beginning as a ritualistic action on the Linkeroever (Left Bank) of Antwerp, the artists made their declaration in the pouring rain in front of a minimal crowd. They then visited the consulate of Zaire to deliver the declaration, but who ultimately declined it. The story nonetheless caused a small media storm, and questions were even raised in parliament. The event elevated to the level of a minor diplomatic incident, with Zaire’s president Mobutu stating press freedom in Belgium was out of control.
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Déclaration De Dépendance de la Belgique au Zaire BIWA, 1989 (exhibition view, MONOCULTURE – A Recent History, 2020, M HKA)
Front page newspaper clipping (stamped) concerning the declaration of dependence of Belgium from Zaïre. (reference to article inside)
One of the many copies of the invitation tothe official declaration of dependence of Belgium to Zaïre, variations abound.
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Founded by Karel Schoetens and Jef Lambrecht in 1982, broken up & re-launched 1986 and disbanded in 1992.
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ConDDition (booklet) PDF
Karel Schoetens, Jef Lambrecht, ConDDition (booklet) PDF, 1989. Periodical, paper, ink (printing), A6, var..