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CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Bukavu, DRC, May 2020. Anglebert Maurice Kakuja, 29, a Sapeur, or Congolese dandy, shows off his fashion sense
while wearing a homemade mask in the eastern Congolese city of Bukavu this week. Sapeurs take their name from
the acronym for their group: SAPE, meaning Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or "elegant persons
who create ambience".
© Raissa Karama Rwizibuka for Fondation Carmignac

CONGO IN CONVERSATION

Monograph & Outdoor Exhibition

Guylain Balume » Arlette Bashizi » Dieudonne Dirole » Raissa Karama Rwizibuka » Charly Kasereka » Justin Makangara » Guylain Balume Muhindo » Guerchom Ndebo » Finbarr O’Reilly » Moses Sawasawa » Pamela Tulizo » Ley Uwera » Bernadette Vivuya »

Exhibition: 6 Jan – 27 Jan 2021

Gates of Tour Saint-Jacques

Rue de Rivoli/Place du Châtelet
75004 Paris

Fondation Carmignac

24, place Vendôme
75001 Paris

+33 (0)1-70 92 34 65


www.fondationcarmignac.com

CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Brussels, Belgium, June 6-7, 2020. A protester at a Black Lives Matter rally in Brussels this weekend carries
a sign denouncing Belgium’s imperial exploitation of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. As massive
gatherings for racial justice gain momentum around the world, activists in Belgium are hoping the global movement
may finally shift attitudes toward the colonial legacy of King Leopold II, the monarch whose
tyrannical rule over the Congo Free State (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) is blamed for the deaths
of between 10-15 million Congolese.
© Pamela Tulizo for Fondation Carmignac

Carmignac Photojournalism Award - 11th edition
Democratic Republic of Congo

Finbarr O’Reilly – CONGO IN CONVERSATION


Arlette Bashizi, Dieudonne Dirole, Charly Kasereka, Justin Makangara, Guylain Balume Muhindo, Guerchom Ndebo, Raissa Karama Rwizibuka, Moses Sawasawa, Pamela Tulizo, Ley Uwera and Bernadette Vivuya

MONOGRAPH – CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Co-published by Reliefs Editions - Fondation Carmignac, November 2020

Outdoor Exhibition
On the Gates of Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris
6 - 27 January, 2021

The 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award—which, this year, focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—was awarded to British-Canadian photographer Finbarr O’Reilly. His reportage started in January 2020, before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the swiftly worsening global health situation and the gradual closing of international borders, finding a different way of working became essential. Finbarr O’Reilly and the Award team—in close collaboration with the jury of the 11th edition—reframed their approach to this work. One laureate's project turned into "Congo in Conversation", a collaborative reportage with eleven Congolese photographers and journalists, who documented for six months the human, social and ecological challenges that the Congo faces today, within the context of the current global health crisis. First published on a dedicated website and social networks, ‘Congo in Conversation’ provided an uninterrupted and unprecedented stream of articles, photo reportages and videos, which visitors can consult by theme or by contributor.

"Congo In Conversation" is presented in a bilingual French-English monograph, co-published by Fondation Carmignac and Reliefs Editions. The images are accompanied by a conversation with Mark Sealy, curator and Director of Autograph ABP in London, who is interested in the relationship between photography, race and human rights, Finbarr O’Reilly, and Emeric Glayse, Director of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award.
More information: here

"Congo In Conversation" will also be exhibited in a collective outdoor exhibition in Paris from January 6-27, 2021.

CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Northeastern Ituri Province, DRC, February 2020. The likeness of a Congolese soldier stands in a field near
the village of Tche in Congo’s northeastern Ituri Province in mid-February. With few government forces in the
area villagers from the Hema community erected the likeness in the hopes of warding off armed members of the
Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO), an armed political-religious sect drawn from the Lendu ethnic
group that has been blamed for a wave of killings in the province over the past two years.
© Dieudonné Dirole for Fondation Carmignac

"By framing the 11th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award as a conversation about the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Fondation Carmignac has created a platform for Congolese visual journalists to engage in a global discourse. Historically, it’s a discourse from which their ideas, their perspectives and their voices have too often been excluded. (...) Congo in Conversation was initially published online, marking the first time that the Carmignac Award showcased local photographers and produced a digital body of work as events unfolded. (...) By reconfiguring Congo in Conversation into a collective book and exhibition, we move it from the ether to the page and to the wall, where audiences can take the time required to engage not only with the work but also the historical and political forces shaping it." – Finbarr O'Reilly from the monograph Congo in Conversation

"Allowing different voices to articulate what Congo went through, especially local voices, is really important. Only then do we get access to different narratives and histories. (...) If we say photography is around 180 years old, then we’re going to need another sense of photography. Its present unpicking will help push back some of the debasing historical images of the Black subject. (...) If you look in the archive, it’s full of broken Black bodies, especially around conflict. When there are internal European conflicts, the body often gets treated very differently. It’s evident in the work and in the public’s emotional responses to those images. When you’re looking at subjects, whose lives do we value? If we can get to a place where the value of an African person or a Black person caught up in conflict is treated with care and compassion, then we can begin to make some progress." – Mark Sealy, curator and Director of Autograph ABP in London, exploring the relationship between photography, race and human rights in the monograph Congo in Conversation.

More information: here

CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 27-28, 2020. With schools closed during Congo’s period of confinement,
and the city implementing regular power cuts, my 13-year-old sister Marie studies at home by the light of
a mobile phone.
© Arlette Bashizi for Fondation Carmignac
CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Goma, DRC, May 2020. Vulnerable children gather for a shared meal at a muslim community centre in Goma during
Ramadan last week.
© Ley Uwera for Fondation Carmignac