Rachel Malaïka

Congolese, Born 1986
Lives and works in Kinshasa, DRC

Rachel Malaïka, a Congolese artist, skillfully blends craftsmanship and technique in her works, offering a journey through time and cultures. Trained at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, she imposes her work in an artistic universe dominated by men and questions evolving norms of Congolese femininity. Her meticulous process integrates weaving, embroidery, and symbolic elements into a harmonious aesthetic. Inspired by history, anthropology, and daily life, Malaïka creates captivating works that reinvent colonial beauty while expressing her passion for African art and tradition. Utilizing colonial era photographs as a starting point, this series of works removes the veil and anonymity history has previously imposed on these women by bringing their stories to life.