Bernice Lysania Ekoula Akouala lives and works in Essen. She was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As an author and spoken word artist, her focus is on the facets of language. "My work is an attempt to give words to emotions," says Akouala. The main themes of her work are memory and the repetition of events. In doing so, Akouala deals with the question of how different stories and perspectives can exist simultaneously despite their diversity.