Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer traveled through India, the Soviet Union, the United States, Europe, Congo, Cuba and North Korea, among other places. There he observed in a surprising way societies where disaster (on a socio-economic, political or climatic level) has struck. He published photo books of his travels.
Between 2003 and 2009, Carl De Keyzer traveled through Congo several times in search of traces that recall the period of Belgian colonization. As one of the first photographers, De Keyzer visualized the effects of the arrival and departure of a colonizer. The images of daily life with traces of the past evoke an atmosphere of alienation. As a result of this trip, he published the photo book 'Congo (Belge)' in 2009, followed a year later by 'Congo Belge en images' with new prints of glass negatives from 1890 and 1908, from the archives of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.
During the exhibition Congo Connecting, Carl De Keyzer will give a lecture about his work. He will mainly focus on the photographs he made in Congo between 2003 and 2009. Part of that series can be seen at Pennings Foundation.