antwerp: (belgian) congo

next june it’ll be 30 years ago that the democratic republic of congo [formerly zaire] gained independence from its colonizer belgium. belgian photographer carl de keyzer traversed the african country on several occasions between 2003-2009. his current exhibition congo (belge) at fotomuseum provincie antwerpen is inspired by the publication guide du voyageur du congo belge [1954] and documents both crumbling colonial buildings and their current occupants [on until may 16]. location: waalsekaai 47 [centrum]. © magnum photos / carl de keyzer - st.-françois de sales church [kinshasa - 2007]