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Congo Tales: Told by the people of Mbomo

June 30 - October 21, 2018

The Congo Tales project explores the theme of how we tell stories. Orally transmitting stories and cultural practices is the basis of a cultural community. Collective identities form through regional narratives. Initiated by Stefanie Plattner and Eva Vonk, this year-long project visualizes fables and stories from the Mbomo region of the Odzala Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo with photographs by the New Yorker Pieter Henket and a documentary by the Pulitzer grant winning photographer Jasper Rischen.

A publication provides insight into the wide-ranging tradition of oral folklore which encompasses fables, stories, myths, and the landscape of a unique region that is home to almost a quarter of the world’s rainforests. This presentation in Potsdam, which is supplemented by an educational program and events for children, is the second stop for this long-term oral culture project. Congo Tales will be launched on May 28, 2018 by a photography exhibition in Mbomo, Congo.

Pieter Henket, The Twins, 201718

Pieter Henket, The Twins, 201718

The Congo Tales project explores the theme of how we tell stories. Orally transmitting stories and cultural practices is the basis of a cultural community. Collective identities form through regional narratives. Initiated by Stefanie Plattner and Eva Vonk, this year-long project visualizes fables and stories from the Mbomo region of the Odzala Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo with photographs by the New Yorker Pieter Henket and a documentary by the Pulitzer grant winning photographer Jasper Rischen.

A publication provides insight into the wide-ranging tradition of oral folklore which encompasses fables, stories, myths, and the landscape of a unique region that is home to almost a quarter of the world’s rainforests. This presentation in Potsdam, which is supplemented by an educational program and events for children, is the second stop for this long-term oral culture project. Congo Tales will be launched on May 28, 2018 by a photography exhibition in Mbomo, Congo.

Pieter Henket, The Twins, 201718

Pieter Henket, The Twins, 201718

Barberini Digital

Digital Journey

Accompanying the exhibition Congo Tales. Told by the people of Mbomo a new digital format has its premiere inside the Barberini app: a specially designed section presents the entire project, its makers and their motivation in detail - not with texts, but with an interactive journey that invites visitors to playfully explore and discover. Films from the rainforest are combined with background information on the Congo, interviews, the stories from the exhibition and voice recordings of the local people. This multimedia discovery journey conveys background information on a complex exhibition topic. The Digital Journey will continue to accompany selected exhibitions at the Museum Barberini.