The exhibit is entitled “Telema,” the lingala word for “Stand”. Lingala is a native language of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Jason and his family moved to Kinshasa, the urban capitol of the DRC, in the winter of 2015. They were there to care for their adopted son until he could come home. The family embarked into what is known as the “heart of darkness.” Although the DRC is Africa’s richest country in minerals and resources, it is marred by historical and political scars which suppress the advancement of most of its’ citizens. This is a photographic journey into this sprawling city of Kinshasa and its’ forgotten people.
This collection of never before seen photographs will enlighten viewers to the realities of living in an entirely different land and culture. Be sure to visit in November to enjoy this exhibit. Hours are 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday thru Friday, and during special events on evenings and weekends.
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