In Dialogue with The Enclave: Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Richard Mosse’s exhibition The Enclave offers a complex and ambiguous representation of conflict and everyday life in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This immersive video and photography installation invites conversations across disciplines about the relationships between art and journalism, between the history of colonialism and current African conflicts, between global capitalism and human rights. The Portland Art Museum will host a series of three seminars exploring these questions through works of art, literature, and the social sciences in dialogue with The Enclave.
The first seminar, on March 1, will discuss Joseph Conrad’s representation of brutality and suffering in colonial Congo in the 1899 novel Heart of Darkness. The second seminar, on March 8, will explore globalization and human rights in the contemporary DRC and other developing countries. The final seminar, on March 15, will approach The Enclave through recent and historic works of visual art, focusing on the photojournalistic, the psychedelic, and the sublime.
Participants are asked to spend time in The Enclave before the seminars begin, to read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness before the first seminar, and to complete other short readings (which will be provided) for the second and third seminars.
Seminars will be held on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.
March 1: Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Led by Hana Layson, Ph.D. Hana has taught literature at Northwestern University and Portland State University. She is the School and Teacher Programs Specialist at the Portland Art Museum.
March 8: Globalization and Human Rights
Led by Christopher Carey, Ph.D, J.D. Chris is an Associate Professor of Community Health at Portland State University whose research focuses on human trafficking.
Led by Sarah Wolf Newlands, MFA. Sarah is an artist, museum educator, and Assistant Professor in University Studies at Portland State University.
Space is limited. Registration required.
$10 per seminar or $25 for all three. Click the links below to add tickets to your cart, then enter the discount code ENCLAVE at checkout to receive your series discount.
Please consider attending these related events
- On the Ground: Mercy Corps and the Democratic Republic of Congo (January 15, 7–8 p.m.)
- Lisa Shannon, Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo, lecture and book signing (February 1, 2–3 p.m.)
The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.
We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 503-226-2811.