CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Monograph & Outdoor Exhibition
Guylain Balume » Arlette Bashizi » Dieudonne Dirole » Raissa Karama Rwizibuka » Charly Kasereka » Justin Makangara » Guylain Balume Muhindo » Guerchom Ndebo » Finbarr O’Reilly » Moses Sawasawa » Pamela Tulizo » Ley Uwera » Bernadette Vivuya »
Exhibition: – 2 Feb 2021
Gates of Tour Saint-Jacques
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Carmignac Photojournalism Award - 11th edition
Democratic Republic of Congo
Finbarr O’Reilly – CONGO IN CONVERSATION
Arlette Bashizi, Dieudonne Dirole, Charly Kasereka, Justin Makangara, Guylain Balume Muhindo, Guerchom Ndebo, Raissa Karama Rwizibuka, Moses Sawasawa, Pamela Tulizo, Ley Uwera and Bernadette Vivuya
On the Gates of Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris
6 January - 2 February , 2021
Fondation Carmignac presents the collaborative reportage Congo in Conversation in an outdoor
exhibition, in partnership with the City of Paris.
The 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award—which focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—was awarded to British-Canadian photographer Finbarr O’Reilly. His reportage started in January 2020, before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the swiftly worsening global health situation and the gradual closing of international borders, finding a different way of working became essential. Finbarr O’Reilly and the Award team reframed their approach to this work. One laureate's project turned into "Congo in Conversation", a collaborative reportage with fifteen Congolese photographers and journalists.
Together, these photojournalists document the challenges of living through a pandemic while subsisting in an informal economy where access to water and electricity is severely limited. They reveal communal ideas about African women, beauty, and fashion, and invite to a deeper exploration of Congolese self-perception in a postcolonial context. They report on violence in national parks, conflict frontlines, youth activism, and human rights movements while depicting a cautiously optimistic contemporary DRC. 28 photographs from reports by Arlette Bashizi, Dieudonné Dirole, Justin Makangara, Guerchom Ndebo, Finbarr O’Reilly, Raissa Karama Rwizibuka, Moses Sawasawa, Pamela Tulizo and Bernadette Vivuya are displayed on the gates of the Tour Saint Jacques.
Exhibition on view through February 2nd, 2021
Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, 75004 Paris
Free and open to the public
For more information about the project, visit congoinconversation.fondationcarmignac.com
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award
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 funds annually the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations, environmental and geostrategic issues in the world.
Selected by an international jury, the laureate receives a €50.000 grant, enabling them to carry out an 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).