The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country that has suffered for decades at the hand of violence, corruption and resource exploitation. Tribal conflict, civil war and external forces staking their claim for control of the resource rich east of the country leave hundreds of thousands of displaced in their wake. With the world largest peacekeeping force and more militant groups than any other african nation, conflict has become a business in DR Congo.
It is a mysterious place where violence and suffering is heavily contrasted by beauty and spirit. Exploring the country side, legacies of colonization are eaten up by the jungle, as if the landscape itself is assisting in driving Congo into the past. Immense natural wealth and beauty in the form of minerals, wildlife and geography are countered by horrible living conditions, disease and a permanent war state.
This exhibition explores that contrast and brings the viewer below the surface, allowing them to feel with intimacy the human condition of DR Congo.
I have been working in both still and video in the eastern DR Congo since 2008. The past 2 years I have been in full time production on a feature length documentary film on the Congo and it's resource wars, titled "This is Congo" (www.thisiscongo.com), that I have been directing and shooting. The film explores all the aspects of the issues in the east, from the Leopolds Free State to present day (currently I am in NY on a short leave before heading back to my home base in Goma, DR Congo to continue my coverage of the current M23 rebellion).
This exhibition is compiled from stills shot during production. The mediums include digital SLR and iPhone images as well as black and white 35mm film that I have had processed in Congo.
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