Mabiala Moussavou Marie-Olivier is my name; a name that shows the mixture of French and Congolese cultures within me. Multiculturalism has commonly been perceived as a strong asset for societies, bringing diverse perspectives, ideas and knowledge. Though we could praise its benefits, people often neglect the harmful impact of multiculturalism. Being born and raised in Congo, a country colonized by France, I have for a long time believed that everything I knew was Congolese. My first encounter with French citizens was the breaking moment where I realized that half of what I thought to be mine was the fruit of colonization. From then on I struggled with where to identify myself culturally.
This work is about finding peace with myself and with what I am made of. This piece is a marriage between the French and the Congolese cultures inside of me. I embrace both aspects of my persona through the art I made.
The choice of elephant tusks comes from the monarchial era of Congo where stories would be engraved in tusks in order to remember meaningful moments. I have done so myself to mark on my tusks, the meaningful moment of peace that I make inside myself.