Featuring: Arlette Bashizi, Dieudonné Dirole, Justin Makangara, Guerchom Ndebo, Finbarr O’Reilly, Raissa Karama Rwizibuka, Moses Sawasawa, Pamela Tulizo, Ley Uwera, Bernadette Vivuya
Congo in Conversation is an innovative collaborative chronicle that addresses the human, social, and ecological challenges that the Democratic Republic of Congo faces today.
The global health crisis and the urgent need to hear African voices testifying to local realities prompted Finbarr O’Reilly, laureate of the 11th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, as well as the award team to create Congo in Conversation, a collaborative online photo essay, produced in close conjunction with Congolese journalists and photographers.
Health, confinement, the informal economy, artistic production, business, difficulties with access to water, as well as attacks by armed militias, human rights abuses, and the environment—by detailing the often cruel realities and the gigantic challenges facing the Congo, these photo essays sketch out the country’s present and future with tangible proof, powerful images, and prudent optimism. The contributing reporters, based in several places in the vast territory, are the representatives of a new generation which aspires to enact change in a country exploited, plundered, and oppressed for so long.
This collaborative photo essay gives us a picture as diverse and nuanced as life in the DRC, exposing the unprecedented crisis from many perspectives.
In 2009, while media and photojournalism faced an unprecedented crisis, Édouard Carmignac created the Carmignac Photojournalism Award to support photographers in the field. Directed by Emeric Glayse, it annually funds the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations, as well as environmental and geostrategic issues in the world.
Selected by an international jury, the laureate receives a €50,000 grant, enabling them to carry out in-depth research in the field, with logistical support from Fondation Carmignac. The latter presents a traveling exhibition and the publication of a monograph upon their return.
Previous editions have focused on Gaza (Kai Wiedenhöfer), Pashtunistan (Massimo Berruti), Zimbabwe (Robin Hammond), Chechnya (Davide Monteleone), Iran (Newsha Tavakolian), French Guiana (Christophe Gin), Libya (Narciso Contreras), Nepal (Lizzie Sadin), the Arctic (Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen) and the Amazon (Tommaso Protti). The 12th edition is dedicated to Venezuela. Photographers can submit their projects until October 18, 2021.
Congo In Conversation
Featuring: Various Artists
Curated by: Finbarr O’Reilly
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