Mai mai militia in training, December 2002 - January 2003
© Guy Tillim / Courtesy Michael Stevenson
Leopold and Mobutu
South African photographer Guy Tillim has, over recent years, produced a powerful body of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo that conflates and contrasts the country's colonial past with its more recent history under Mobutu Sese Seko. Both King Leopold II of Belgium and the former Zairian dictator plundered the country and oppressed its people. The continuing bitter war there, is in many ways a direct result of this legacy. The camera has long played a crucial part in the country's history, initially recording the barbarism of the colonial era encapsulated in the writing of Joseph Conrad in "Heart of Darkness". This will be the first major exhibition of Tillim's work in the UK.
This exhibition is part of Africa 2005.
Exhibition: 12 August - 25 September 2005
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