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A rising star of African photography, Gosette is renowned for her Imaginary Trip series, shot in formerly emblematic and now disused buildings. Her work is a reflection on memory, heritage and time.

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© Gosette Lubondo, 2021

Gosette Lubondo was born in 1993 in Kinshasa, where she lives and works.

She graduated from ABA in 2014, and took part in several workshops and collectives, followed by an international photography masterclass. She produced her first landmark series in 2016.

Appealed by abandoned buildings imprinted with the marks of time, she took over a disused train in Kinshasa railway station, in which she depicted imaginary passengers, whose expressions and clothing evoked the past life of the station. The series, called Imaginary Trip, was a resounding success and launched her career.

Two years later, Gosette continued this “imaginary trip” in a former school, founded in 1936 by a congregation of Christian brothers, and now abandoned. This would be Imaginary Trip II, a series produced as part of her photography residency at the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac (Paris). The museum purchased the series and exhibited it in 2020 as part of the group exhibition “A toi appartient le regard et (…) la liaison infinie entre les choses”.

In 2020 she was one of the winners of the 2020 Cap Prize with the Tala Ngai series depicting modern-day Kinshasa. She photographed some 20 young women from Kinshasa in their homes, in their everyday clothes, and then shows how they appear in public. In 2021, she won the Maison Ruinart Prize.

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