The machines and cities created by Congolese sculptor Rigobert Nimi disrupt the ideologically scripted imagination of futurity that has prevailed in Western countries. Combining an specialized training in mechanics along with extensive references to science fiction, the artist develops with a high level of craftmanship visions of how energy and technology can behave as both daydream and built reality. Nimi’s latest creation is not a building, nor a sculpture, but a miniature-built environment – an object that is also a system, continuously replicating the sociocultural dynamics of Kinshasa, the city where it was created.


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