After high school Kiripi spent two years in a technical institute. In his words “ I wanted to become a pilot. But the taste for art quickly caught up with me until I decide to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. Becoming an artist was very important choice in my life. It allowed me to discover the creative potential that existed in me and helped me understand objects and people better. Photography and video has become my specialized form of expression.
His interest in taking part in the residency is to continue a project he is currently working on since 2008, it covers environmental issues in urban areas of the equatorial zone. He is interested in meeting artists to share ideas around photography and video.
For Kiripi the importance of art is in its ability to address dialogue and its a vital part in addressing environmental changes that are at the root of many problems in the world. I capture the streets of some towns in the DRC, as if it were a brutal form of poetry. My series of photographs and videos called “Un regard” don’t leave people indifferent to this problem. For many people it is a reminder and a warning of future dangers.
His interest is in capturing issues relating to the environment and humanity in a poetic and artistic way. I would like to show my work in a public space to help educate people about the dangers of not caring for the earth.
Kiripi will begin his residency at the Thamgidi Foundation in the Netherlands. He will then after come to Belgium for the IFAA 2012 project. His residency within the IFAA 2012 in Belgium will begin on the 1 October to 16 December 2012.