Mirroring Process

Filip de Boeck

First published in Kinshasa: Tales of the Invisible City, 2014.

Hollywood has associated the outbreaks of AIDS with the Central African forest and phantasmagoric constructions of the ways in which the virus jumped from monkeys to Africans.

The great discrepancy which is generated in the mirroring process between this tops, the Congo of the imagination, and the topicality of the physical Congo, seems to go unnoticed by most. The strength of the imagined place renders invisible the reality of the African site.