Portland Art Museum and Mercy Corps Action Center Partnership

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November 17th — February 13th

The Mercy Corps Action Center and Portland Art Museum are offering interesting educational opportunities that examine the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the thoughtful process of Mercy Corps' community-driven programming.

Scheduled in conjunction with the museum's exhibit Enclave, Mercy Corps presents a lecture entitled "On the Ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," on Thursday, January 15 at 7 pm. Hear insights from two DRC team-members, Mark Dwyer, Country Director, and Solenne Delga, Response, Recover and Resilience Director. They'll share information about the current state of affairs in DRC, their own personal experiences working in Congolese communities, and what Mercy Corps is doing to meet the immediate and long-term needs of people affected by conflict. Click here for more information and to reserve a seat.

In addition you can schedule a visit to the Mercy Corps Action Center to learn more about the work we do in communities struggling with conflict and upheaval. Our experiential educators will contextualize the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the lens of Mercy Corps' community-driven work. Our International Development 101 workshop, one of our many educational workshops, reveals the complexities of development work in the midst of DRC's on-going conflict. Learn about the roadblocks, relationships, and expectations that communities face when enacting development projects. See what actions you can take.

If you're interested in taking part in the Mercy Corps Action Center workshop, contact education@mercycorps.org. For information on scheduling a tour of The Enclave at Portland Art Museum email education@pam.org or click here.

More about the exhibit: Portland Art Museum's presents Richard Mosse’s powerful video installation, The Enclave, on view through April 12. Presented along with a series of Mosse’s monumental photographs, this stunning six-channel, immersive video installation documents the ongoing conflict situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Enclave was produced using a recently discontinued military film technology originally designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. This film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. Mosse’s disorienting and kaleidoscopic installation is intended to formally parallel eastern Congo’s multifaceted conflict, confounding expectations and forcing the viewer to interact spatially from an array of differing viewpoints.

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