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.
What impact do these photos have today? The Netherlands also has a complex past of domination beyond its own borders. We now look at our colonial past in a different way and are more and more aware of all the consequences that this has had. How do we learn to deal with racism, discrimination, imbalanced power relations and misplaced sense of superiority?
Through an 'open call' Pennings Foundation asks contemporary photographers and artitsts about their vision and images of Congo today.
Parallel to this exhibition, the story is told of 'Aunt José', who left for Congo in the 1950s to work as a missionary in health care.
Photographer Carl De Keyzer (Kortrijk 1958) visited Congo several times in search of traces that recall the period of Belgian colonization. In the exhibition 'Congo Connecting', photos from this series are shown at Pennings Foundation in Eindhoven.