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Viande de Brousse

May 23, 2011

Here’s a new project: a bushmeat food-cart. The project is called Viande de Brousse, the French translation of bushmeat, meaning simply wild meat hunted from the forest, or bush, as it’s referred to in much of Sub-Saharan Africa. I (Roger) and my colleague Ryan Burns have built a small mobile food-cart which will be selling the severed hands of Chimpanzees to the horrified public in Portland, debuting at PLACE gallery downtown next month. This is the result of years of attention to and research in the history, economy and environment of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo is a vast pentagonal tranche of Sub-Saharan Africa, and has been a grim laboratory of capitalism’s extractive priorities since Belgium began its colonial project there in the late 1800’s. The stories of Congo’s debasement and butchery at the hands of the Belgians, the Americans, the Chinese, assorted homegrown tyrants and the murderous throngs of small armies that swarmed through it during the African World War of the 90’s-early 00’s are woefully underreported. The history is nearly invisible. This is our attempt to dig our fingers into that steaming pile and pull it reeking into the light.

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One comment on “Viande de Brousse”

I hope those chimpanzee hands are made of organically-sourced seitan.
I just finished “King Leopold’s Ghost” (Adam Hochschild) about a week ago, a history of Leopold’s investment in the Congo and then some – truly horrifying history, incredible book.

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