On the occasion of the 9th of May, Europe Day, young photographers in eight cities of the DRC were invited to participate in a photo contest under the topic of gender equality (“she equals he”). The idea was to think about gender (in)equality in the daily lives of the participants. Through the eyes of young people, women and men alike, a different image of the Congo was produced than that generally seen in the media war, hunger, political unrest. Local cultural centres served as partners of the project, of which each was provided with a photo camera which participants could borrow for in order to make photographs for the competition. In each city, an exhibition was organised with the submitted works. A jury then chose the three best works which were subsequently presented in an exhibition in Kinshasa on the occasion of Europe Day. A catalogue with the works was produced and distributed free of charge.
One of the goals was to include the entire country where cultural activity is mostly being concentrated on the three major cities Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma, and to stifle creative production. In a country where the majority of the people are under 18 years old, the cluster has a strong focus on speaking to these people and incorporate them in artistic creation.
The project features in the cluster strategy which stipulates the reinforcement of the audiovisual sector in DRC and reaches out to young people in the DRC.
8 cultural centres in 8 cities in DRC