Cabinet des confidences populaires

© Alain Nsenga

With Cabinet des confidences populaires, Younes Baba-Ali transforms a vending booth in a street in Congo into a meeting place where residents can make their voices heard. Installed in Lubumbashi city centre, a young man sitting in the booth welcomes critiques from residents, as if he were an official administrator. The messages are then translated into Hindi, Arabic, and Chinese. They are affixed to walls as if they were proverbs in Lubumbashi airport, addressing the international investors who flock daily to "the Wild West that the Katanga region has become”. This action thereby amplifies the voices of the Lubumbashi residents, while also playing with the ideas of disconnection and globalisation through the mediums of language and popular resistance.