76 years later, the official narrative of the atomic bomb continues to focus only on two poles:The USA as the place of manufacture of the bomb; which is an important techno-scientific achievement; and Japan as the final destination of the bomb; victim of irradiation; a real human disaster. 

This project tries to establish the missing link with the city of Shinkolobwe in DR Congo where day and night, the locals dug, mined and handled the extremely radioactive special uranium that was used in the Manhattan Project without proper protection. This activity has irradiated the miners, who in turn, by moving around the country, have irradiated their families and many other people. The waste materials left on the soil surface also irradiated the soil, the phreatic water table and the vegetation.

By removing the city of Shinkolobwe from the official map of colonial Congo and refusing to mention Shinkolobwe in the official history of the atomic bomb, Belgium and the United States have for a long time succeeded in hiding the impact of irradiation which necessitates be evaluated, monitored, documented and repaired. Unfortunately none want to be accountable for these crimes. This project tries to rearchive this voluntarily forgotten page.

this 360 map work seeks to manipulate Google’s Streetview technology, asking if we can dislocate, re-map, complicate, and exploit existing models to deepen and disrupt the discourse on technopolitics in Africa and abroad.

diagram: Joe-Yves Salankang Sa-Ngol & Lo-Def Fim Factory, 2021


Some occupy themselves with the sieving of minerals (kunyungulula), the washing, sorting (kuchakula) and cleaning of minerals (kutosha mvumbi: to take away the dust), the piling up of minerals (kuweka nkunji), the bagging up of minerals (mise en sac) , the evacuation of waste material (chawawa / bodj / antuma / stérile / stenkwamba) by forming a human chain (faire la chaîne) and, finally, the cleaning of the mine pit (kusapisha: to clean / kukolopa: to mop).[1]

[1]Between Hammer and Anvil: The Predicament of Artisanal Miners in Katanga Jeroen Cuvelier. 2011. In Natural Resources and Livelihoods in the Great Lakes Region