About the exhibition

‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ is 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 celebrates the hope and optimism that pervades in the region despite years of war. It poses 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 February 2013 exhibition launch, The Frontline Club, Women for Women International, One Billion Rising and Save the Congo held events in the space that related to the theme.

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

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

The exhibition, curated by Millie Harvey and produced by Congo Connect in conjunction with Leslie Thomas of Art Works Projectswas first shown in February 2013 at Conway Hall London, before moving on to other venues in the UK, including a conference on DRC at St Andrews University in April 2013. 

In 2014, 'I Dream of Congo' formed part of the 'Brutal Exposure' exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. 

Most recently, the exhibition appeared at the June Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London's Excel Centre, spearheaded by William Hague and Angelina Jolie. At this Summit we hosted an exclusive event and film screening with Dr Denis Mukwege. The event can be viewed in two parts here - part 1 and part 2


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 


February 2013 exhibition launch events

CONWAY HALL25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Tuesday 12th February - Preview evening. 

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

Thursday 14th February, 18:30 - Women for Women International and One Billion Rising hosted an evening of discussions and presentations based around 'I Dream of Congo'. 

Saturday 16th February & Saturday 23rd February - Public open days where over 1,000 people attended. 

Saturday 23rd February, evening - This was a ticketed concert featuring Gasandji, Mulele Matondo Afrika and DJ Ya Kil and other Congolese musicians in association with Save the Congo. 

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.