I Dream of Congo
Narratives from the Great Lakes
About the Project
“There is a need to dream that the three year old I walked with in the displaced camp, under the shadow of the volcano this morning, will have a safer, more stable and happier life than her mother and father. There is a need to dream, because without the dream, the future is unthinkable.” -Marcus Bleasdale
ART WORKS Projects was excited to guest curate the exhibit I Dream of Congo, produced by Congo Connect, a UK-based group of individuals who are working to raise hope for eastern Congo. Congo Connect’s exhibition 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. Contributors have all responded to the phrase ‘I Dream of Congo’ to create images and stories of their dream for the region. The installation includes large, printed images from photojournalists, panels of writing, and photographs and ‘dreams’ written by women living in eastern Congo (DRC).
Today, Congo (DRC) is faced with internal conflicts, a severe food crisis and the internal displacement of nearly 5.5 million people. Civilians are in danger of violence from armed groups and state military, despite martial law being imposed in certain provinces and military operations, civilians are not being protected from this violence. This exhibit is focused on the Great Lakes region of Congo, and today this region is plagued with violence and human rights violations. I Dream of Congo highlights the hopes and dreams that women have for their country, and can raise awareness about the current issues facing Congo (DRC).
about the artists
The opening of I Dream of Congo was held at Conway Hall in London, UK on February 12th, 2012.
The exhibit was later shown at a conference at St. Andrews University (Scotland) the National Slavery Museum (Liverpool, UK), and the Excel Centre (London, UK).
bring this exhibit to you
All of our exhibitions are designed to tour and can be adapted to a broad spectrum of venue types and sizes.
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I Dream of Congo installation
resources & tools
November 2022: The UNHCR has called for an end to forced returns for internally displaced persons in the DRC. Internally displaced persons and refugees have been the target of recent violence.
Human Rights Watch World Report
Human Rights Watch provides important updates and reports about the state of Congo, including the 2022 DRC World Report. This world report illustrates current challenges within the country.
support for this project
I Dream of Congo is produced in partnership with Congo Connect and Women for Women International.