Recaptioning Congo

16.09.2022 - 15.01.2023
On show

New perspectives on the photographic history of colonial Congo

HP 1955 17 364 PHOTO 01 SCAN RECTO LORES gedraaid
© 2022 – Henri Goldstein / Rechten SOFAM – België
9 illustration Congo 1929
L’Illustration congolaise: journal bi-mensuel de propagande colonial, n°169, 1929 Collection Stad Antwerpen, Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, alle rechten voorbehouden
8 Freitas 1936 1939
Antoine Freitas, Untitled, 1936-1939 Museum Rietberg Collection © Suzanne Freitas
4 Congo crime 1906
Congo Reform Association, The Camera and the Congo Crime, 1906 © Collection University of Bristol
11 Familie Album cover
Roland d’Ursel, Familie album, Brussel: Inforcongo, 1958 Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen, alle rechten voorbehouden
12 Lebeck 1960
Robert Lebeck , Léopoldville 1960 Collectie Fotomuseum Antwerpen © Robert Lebeck / Robert Lebeck Archive

Recaptioning Congo presents images from Congo’s long and turbulent history as a colonised country, spanning nearly 100 years from its formal establishment in 1882 to independence in 1960.

The exhibition shows the contrasting perspectives of African and European photographers. The images are revealing, at times disturbing, and shed light on the relationships between past and present, Africa and Europe, Belgium and Congo.

Recaptioning Congo is the result of years of international research by curator Sandrine Colard and represents the first extensive exhibition to tackle the multilayered history of photography in the Belgian Congo. With works ranging from propaganda to amateur and studio photography, Recaptioning Congo is a chronological journey through the various media, historical events and communities that shaped the development of photography in colonial Congo.

The publication 'Recaptioning Congo - African stories & colonial pictures', published by Lannoo, is for sale in the FOMU shop for € 45.


As part of the Recaptioning Congo exhibition, FOMU is organising a series of guided tours, lates and short film screenings that will further explore the theme. View all the events in the FOMU Calendar

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