Kolwezi Congo Art

The world's leading group for extended hospitality has announced the launch of its first - of its kind - Kolwezi Art Project in Congo. The UN Foundation for Women and Girls has honored Hearing Congo for its courageous programs to help Congolese girls find economic opportunities. Such paintings give a voice to the colonial ghosts that are omnipresent in schools and contribute to our understanding of Congo's history.

European productions involved in the mining and socio-political context of the Democratic Republic of Congo have invested their budgets in works exclusively shown in Europe. African countries, while Nigeria's Nollywood films are popular with residents, with a strong presence in Congo's capital Kinshasa and other cities.

This is particularly evident in a country that knows only too well the recurring meta-narrative of objectification. We recognise that the international perception of the DRC is already sufficiently shaped by the question of why the Congolese people are constantly being victimised.

Other problems in Congo concern the war conditions, which have led to the government not paying nurses and doctors. Since the Congolese do not fulfil the functions of a state, because they have a very ineffective administrative system, do not respect civil rights and often do not pay even their few employees, they must find ways to carry on with their lives in order to survive.

Fighting has just resumed in eastern Congo, with hundreds already dead and more than 200,000 refugees, adding to the 2 million Congolese already displaced by the war. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most populous countries in the world, with a population estimated at almost 52 million in 2000, but the 73 million people who live here continue to struggle.

More than 3,942 key pipelines to the region come from countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Brazil and South Africa. More than 2,500 km of pipelines through the country, of which 1,800 km are from the USA and 4,000 km from Germany. More than 1.5 million kilometers of pipeline through all regions of the world. Less than 0.1% of the country's total oil production.

As Africa's third largest country, the Democratic Republic of Congo has the world's largest oil reserves, including more than 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil. In fact, it ranks second behind the United States in oil production, behind Russia. The Congo is located in Central Africa and borders South Sudan, Cameroon, Gabon, Chad, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. The country is characterised by its Kinshasa, while the other Congo is often called Congo - Brazzaville.

Belgian photographer Carl Keyzer decided to travel to the country in the late 1990s after visiting Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The leader described the cities and villages built by the colonial rulers, but at the center was China's insidious power. Kolwezi was shot in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the early 1990s and his pictures can be seen in the FotoMuseum Antwerp until 16 May 2010. Hejny juxtaposed the devastated landscape with posters from China depicting real and imaginary cities in the Congo.

The rubber industry in Congo collapsed in 1903 and the new Belgian colony concentrated on the exploitation of Katanga province for copper, diamonds and oil. The 1954 travel guide presented the Congo as an ideal holiday destination with a brand new infrastructure and breathtaking landscape. De Keyzer Lagae has selected hundreds of images for his exhibition at the FotoMuseum Antwerp until 16 May 2010. In 2019, the Riedberg Museum will be showing a collection of over a hundred masks acquired by the German art historian Hans Himmelheber from the archive of the DRC National Museum in Kinshasa.

As European slave traders, global demand for slaves increased, leading to inter-ethnic violence as they kidnapped people and encouraged African men to capture members of other ethnic groups for money.

Lubumbashi was the legislative capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo until 1997, when the country's central institutions were brought back to Kinshasa. In January 1999, Kabila dissolved his party, the Congolese National Congress (CNDC), and subsequently engaged in fighting with several armed groups opposed to his rule. An oratory by Hercules Lubumbashis, presented at the 1999 International Conference on African Art and Culture in Goma, Congo. After Kabilila was installed as President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he renamed, the agreement began to fall apart.

The history of the modern missionary era will have much to tell about God - inspired activities in the Free State of Congo in the first half of this century. This wonderful building, which the king had built in Belgium, has led to the atrocities that have been committed in Congo - in the free state. The images pour out and the encounter was awarded Africa's highest distinction, the International Peace Prize for Peace and the Art of Peace.

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