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© Patrick Willocq. The Arch of Walé Oyombé, I am Walé Respect Me, 2013.© Patrick Willocq.  Epanza Makita, Batwalé, 2013.  I am Walé Respect Me, 2013.© Patrick Willocq. Walé Lokito and Her Belongings, from I am Walé Respect Me, 2013.

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POPCAP’14 WINNER | PATRICK WILLOCQ

Kinshasa based photographer Patrick Willoq’s fictional staged photographs I am Walé Respect Me, is the result of a collaboration between Ekonda pygmies, an ethno-musicologist, artist and many artisans of the forest. Focused on visually narrating the initiation ritual of the Walé women (young mothers) in Democratic Republic of Congo. Willoq’s describes these images as visual depictions of the songs sung by the Walé whilst in seclusion. Each aural tale has a codified structure yet is made unique by each young mother. She sings of her loneliness, whilst astutely praising herself to the discredit of her fellow rivals – other Walés. Patrick Willocqu was born in 1969 in Strasbourg, France. He lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

SOURCE | ANOTHERAFRICA.NET

Images courtesy of Patrick Willocq and piclet.org. All rights reserved.

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