AFRICAN TALES FROM TODAY, 2012–2014
Work statement: This series is a set of photographs taken with communities in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Madagascar and Namibia) and in the African communities living in the French suburb of Paris. The aim of the project is close over time to a traveling theater. So the tales took shape around Africa. The scenes of large size are made with objects found on site. The scenography is set up with the local community in order to evoke the narrative you see in the image. Each story is decided and shared as a commitment of models. The photographic moment is similar to a theater because many people come to attend this "performance" , the eye of the audience creates a new dialogue. The unified group expresses not only its vision to the world, but he tries to share it with his own community too.
A troop of Indians won the war against the Cowboys in Madagascar, a Christian and a Muslim families are building together a Mosque-Church in Ethiopia. Sometimes it speaks about the revolt against the separating elements of life, borders , discrimination , violence ... Other times it is the mutual enrichment and solidarity that are the hope , or the development of new ideas. From two humans to a whole group, they wished to defend a philosophical view, humanistic, or poetics that reflects their local issues, and their own world vision.