There is no training center for photography in DRC. In times of the visual turn and highyvisual individual communication
(Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook), visual literacy is of highest value. EUNIC DRC is therefore cooperating with the Academy of Fine Arts in
Kinshasa in order to create a training center for photography in Kinshasa.
In a twoyear workshop series led by professionals from the continent and Europe as well as local coteachers, students of the Academy
are trained in photography as well as basic professional skills. The workshop focus both on artistic creation as well as on other fields of photography
(journalistic, documentary, commercial). The workshops are modules that build up on each other; between workshops, students will work on projects that are mentored by the teachers. Students will receive a certificate of completion issued by the Academy at the end of the course. A final exhibition is organised at the end of the project, which will possibly be presented also at the 6th edition of the Biennale in Lubumbashi, which was started with a focus on photography
and video art. Out of this pool of students, future teachers of photography will be further trained in order to become teachers of photography.
The Academy will then be able to negotiate the setup of a department for photography with the Ministry of Higher Education.
The project features in the cluster strategy which stipulates the reinforcement of the audiovisual sector in DRC. It focuses on young people and creates links with the only existing festival on photography, the Biennale of Lubumbashi.