Pieter Henket (NL)

Congo Tales: Told by the People of Mbomo

18 February 2021 - 26 March 2021
Image: Pieter Henket, [Ground Squirrel – Animals, Totems and Symbols], 2017. Courtesy Kahmann Gallery © the
artist. Produced by Tales of Us.

Image: Pieter Henket, Ground Squirrel – Animals, Totems and Symbols, 2017. Courtesy Kahmann Gallery © the artist. Produced by Tales of Us.


18 February 2021 - 26 March 2021




Peter O'Callaghan QC Gallery [i]
Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William St, Melbourne
Mon – Fri, 8.30am – 5.30pm


Wheelchair access, Accessible Toilets

A rich tradition of communicating history and lore through storytelling has been threatened by the impact of modernization and lives lost through conflict in the Congo Basin, the second largest tropical rainforest in the world.

In this groundbreaking photo series that was five years in the making, the people of the Mbomo district staged their never-before recorded mythology for photographer Pieter Henket, in collaboration with Congolese artist and philosopher S.R. Kovo N’Sondé and author Wilfried N’Sondé. The project was produced by Tales of Us, an ongoing multimedia series communicating the urgency of protecting the world’s most powerful and fragile ecosystems and the people who call them home.

Presented by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2021

Supported by Fini Frames

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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