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Remember To Forget The Congo

'For almost a decade I had cherised the idea of doing a show about the Congo in Belgium. This was not out of some specific personal interest or social calling, only the Belgian Congo seems to be the quintessence of imperialist hell. I write in the present tense because although Belgium has ceased its claim over its former colony, the effects of its rule continue to ravage the country in the most imponderably violent fashion. This is so for most formerly imperialised nations, but especially for those in Africa. The site of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, since it became a personal acquisition of Leopold II of Belgium in 1885, Congo’s fortunes have been but differing degrees of horror.' Fragment from Remember To Forget The Congo by Adam Geczy, The Monthly, July 2010.

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