I Dream of Congo - Exhibition





‘To depict calm after atrocity could suggest ignorance, or political whitewashing, but this is an example of the exhibition's strength in its truthful connection to the people of the eastern DRC, constantly reminding the viewer of what has happened and what could be; making it much more than photoreportage. ‘
Renee Farrar, The Lancet

I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes
A touring exhibition of writing, video and photography

Synopsis
‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ is a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.
The exhibition celebrates the hope and optimism that pervades in the region despite years of war. It poses hard questions around the international community’s inaction in the face of the conflict, the continuing illicit trade in minerals from Congo and the failure to stem the tide of sexual violence.
During the February 2013 exhibition launch, The Frontline Club, Women for Women International, One Billion Rising and Save the Congo held events in the space that related to the theme.
The exhibition was first shown in February 2013 at Conway Hall London, before moving on to other venues in the UK, including a conference on DRC at St Andrews University in April 2013.
In 2014, 'I Dream of Congo' formed part of the 'Brutal Exposure' exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
Most recently, the exhibition appeared at the June Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London's Excel Centre, spearheaded by William Hague and Angelina Jolie. At this Summit we hosted an exclusive event and film screening with Dr Denis Mukwege. More information about the exhibition and producers Congo Connect here.

Credits
Exhibition conception and production: Millie Harvey and Nicola York, Congo Connect
Exhibition design: Millie Harvey
Curatorial team: Millie Harvey, Nicola York, Leslie Thomas
Curation of writers: Nicola York
Walungu camera project: devised and produced by Millie Harvey, facilitated by Women for Women International
Production assistants: Jenni Smout and Leonie Taylor
Curators assistant: Tess Landon
Exhibition team: Nicola York, Millie Harvey, Jenni Smout, Leonie Taylor, Natasha Makengo, Kris Makuch, Gerri McHugh, Garance Perret Varagnat, Baraka Rumamba, Vava Tampa, Nick Barnett at Bayeux Printers

Outcomes
William Hague's letter to Congo Connect
Foreign Secretary William Hague wrote to Congo Connect on 1 May 2013, thanking the organisation for it's 'Postcard campaign' which it ran during the exhibition. The campaign saw over 300 postcards sent to the Foreign Secretary by people who had attended and were moved by the issues highlighted in the exhibition. The campaign asked Mr Hague to urgently tackle sexual violence and impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The letter from Mr Hague in reply to our campaign set out the action the UK government was taking to tackle the problems of sexual violence, impunity and conflict in eastern DRC

Press coverage
The Lancet

The Huffington Post
The British Journal of Photography
The Evening Standard
Violence in DR Congo could abate if international community takes decisive action
Women’s views on news


Documentation photography: Millie Harvey