About the exhibition

‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.

The exhibition and accompanying events will celebrate the hope and optimism that pervades in the region despite years of war. It will also pose hard questions around the international community’s inaction in the face of the conflict, the continuing illicit trade in minerals from Congo and the failure to stem the tide of sexual violence.

During the exhibition, The Frontline Club, Women for Women International, One Billion Rising and Save the Congo will be holding events in the space that relate to the theme.

Our contributors have all responded to the phrase ‘I Dream of Congo’.

Contributions from renowned photographers and writers will feature alongside photos and words from women in eastern Congo who have also responded to the phrase ‘I Dream of Congo’. This part of the project has been developed with Women for Women International.

The exhibition, curated by Millie Harvey and produced by Congo Connect in conjunction with Leslie Thomas of Art Works Projectswill be shown on selected dates between 12th-23rd February 2013 at Conway Hall London, before moving on to further venues in the UK and US throughout 2013.

The content will also feature online, as part of our drive to raise the profile of Congo and positively influence the debate around it.

Any proceeds will go to funding projects on the ground in Congo.


Lynsey Addario 

Francine M'Bagalwa

Marcus Bleasdale

JJ Bola 

William Boyd 

Michael Brown

Tim Butcher 

Jean Chung 

Eve Ensler

Stella Feehily

Peter Frantz


Ron Haviv

Adam Hochschild

Josephine Kakobwa

Nabintu Anastasie M'kalumuna

Sifa M'Kalwira

Colette Kirimbi

Anne Marie Kelenge                                                                      

John Le Carré

Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Adele M'Mangacucu

Phil Moore 

Josephine Mujinga

Miriam Nabarro

Dominic Nahr

Josee Firaha M'Namuhogo

Valentine Zininane M'Namutumu

Jehad Nga

Ben Rawlence 

Evelyn Mapendo M'Safari

Jeffrey Tayler 

Jonathan Torgovnik

Kito Karongo Tumusifu 

Kika Lusungu Wabiwa

Anna Wabiwa

Michela Wrong 


Dates and timings

CONWAY HALL25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Tuesday 12th February - Preview evening. Invite-only. Please contact nicola@congoconnect.co.uk if you would like to attend. 

Wednesday 13th February, 19:00 - Congo Dreams: Hopes and prospects for the future hosted by The Frontline Club and in association with the Royal African Society. A ticketed panel debate evening event focusing on the peace process and security situation in eastern DRC. For more details click here.

Thursday 14th February, 18:30 - Women for Women International in association with One Billion Rising - An evening of discussions and presentations based around 'I Dream of Congo'. Email supportuk@womenforwomen.org for more information and to register.

Saturday 16th February - Public open day from 9:30 to 17:00. The exhibition will be open to the public all day and entry is free. Just turn up on the day.

Saturday 23rd February - Public open day from 9:30 to 16:00.

Saturday 23rd February, evening - Ticketed music concert featuring Gasandji, Mulele Matondo Afrika and DJ Ya Kil and other Congolese musicians in association with Save the Congo. Buy tickets here.

PLEASE NOTE: Only a small part of the exhibition will be on display at the evening concert on the 23rd February due to space constraints. If you wish to see the full exhibition, you should attend one of the public open days or other events. 

Exhibition partners & sponsors


Selected pictures from the exhibition's London run at Conway Hall in February are below. Opening night photos can be viewed here and further pictures of the exhibition can be viewed here.