Guy Tillim Congo Democratic
In modern times, the territory that has become known as the Democratic Republic of Congo began by being the object of imperial expansion and colonial dominion. The nature of these conquests set the tone for the calamities that have followed: the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko and civil war. The recent UN-sponsored elections are undermined by mistrust. These images trace some aspects of the individuals and institutions that have been in power in the Congo.
About the author
1962, Johannesburg, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Guy Tillim started photographing professionally in 1986, working with the Afrapix collective until 1990. His work as a freelance photographer in South Africa for the local and foreign media included positions with Reuters from 1986 to 1988, and Agence France Presse in 1993 and 1994. Tillim has received many awards for his work including the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2005 and the first Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum at Harvard University in 2006. His work was included on Documenta 12 in 2007 and the São Paulo Biennial in 2006.
Tillim has received many awards for his work including the Prix SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia) Roger Pic in 2002, the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award in 2003 and the 2004 DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Photography. He held solo exhibitions at Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf (2008) and Haunch of Venison, Zurich (2008). His recent group exhibitions include Great Expectations: Contemporary Photography looks at Today’s Bitter Yearsat Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain (2009), The Face of Our Time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009), Peripheral Vision and Collective Body at the Museion, Bolzano (2008), Home Lands – Land Marks at Haunch of Venison, London (2008), SLUM: Art and Life in the Here and Now of the Civil Age at the Neue Galerie, Graz (2006), Photography, Video, Mixed Media III at the Daimler Contemporary Gallery, Berlin (2006) and the travelling exhibition Africa Remix (2004-07). His work is included in the Phaidon publication Vitamin Ph (2006).
Luc Delahaye, Various works, 2008 – 2011
Robert Adams, Turning Back, 1999-2001
Daniel Beltrá, Spill, 2010
Mohamed Bourouissa, Périphérique, 2005-2008
Philippe Chancel, Fukushima: The Irresistible Power of Nature, 2011
Edmund Clark, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, 2009
Carl De Keyzer, Moments Before the Flood, 2009-2011
Rena Effendi, Still Life in the Zone, 2010
Jacqueline Hassink, Arab Domains, 2005-2006
An-My Lê, 29 Palms, 2003
Joel Sternfeld, When it Changed, 2005
Guy Tillim, Congo Democratic, 1997-2006