Congo Mémoire explores the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Working closely with members of the Congolese community in Ireland, the photobook is a series of personal testimonies and related historical references juxtaposed to explore an intimate relationship between personal memory and social history. The exhibition consists of a series of close up images of collaborators' hands holding the fragile remains and legacy of colonial subjugation. They aim to disrupt the spectacle of images of violence and anarchy, and the Othering gaze normally associated with neocolonial representations. The work invites the viewer to critically engage with discourses and ideologies informing the Congo's current economic climate, alluding to a wider history of colonial exploitation and its violent consequences.
Mike Bors • Beata Cierzniewska • Edit Elias • Sarah Flynn • Ciara Gibbons • Paulina Golebiewska • Joanna Heaney • Justyna Kielbowicz • Rachel Marrinan • Natalia Marzec • Raimonda Milasiene • Patrycja Terczynska •