The Illinois College Leadership Program is proud to host the Congo/Women Portraits of War: Democratic Republic of Congo Art Exhibit in the Woodcock Art Gallery in the McGaw Fine Arts Center each Friday in February as part of this semester’s focus on human rights and freedom. This exhibit features photos and essays highlighting the plight of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo whose human rights and freedoms are often denied in horrific ways. The project also brings to light the incredible beauty and strength of these women and girls and the activists working to give them a fighting chance.
“Congo/Women” is an internationally touring photography exhibition and educational campaign that raises awareness of the widespread sexual violence facing women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exhibition features powerful photographs by award-winning photojournalists Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv and James Nachtwey that convey the strength and courage of Congolese women. Accompanying essays contextualize the impact of the crisis from a range of perspectives.
Feb. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. – Opening reception, exhibit, student presentations, and staged readings from Lynn Nottage's Ruined
Feb. 8, 6 to 8p.m. – Exhibit, student presentations, and Vagina Monologues
Feb. 15, 6 to 8 p.m. – Exhibit, student presentations, documentary screening of Nefarious
Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m. – Exhibit closing, student presentations, and Oxfam film screening