The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan insurgent group led by Joseph Kony, emerged in the second half of the eighties. It is especially notorious for its mass abductions of children. The extreme violence practiced by this armed militia means that little is known about the lives of the abductees. The Rebel Lives project relates a visual story about this rebel movement and the people who are a part of it. At the project’s heart is a series of recently discovered photographs that were taken by the LRA generals themselves. Kristof Titeca (BE, 1978), an expert in conflict studies, supplements this material with found drawings, videos and documents that provide context for the photographs. He also travelled to Uganda with photographer Georges Senga (1983, DRC) to revisit the people portrayed in the images. Rebel Lives offers an insight into a layered piece of history where the line between perpetrator and victim has become increasingly blurred.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Rebel Lives. Photographs from inside the Lord’s Resistance Army published by FOMU and Hannibal.
Curator: Rein Deslé (FOMU)
Image: photographer unknown © ARLPI