Hââbre, the last generation
1. Ms. Djeneba : ” I used to like my scars; they were beautiful. We used to brag about them. But, now, in the city, it is definitely out of fashion.”
2. Mrs. Sinou : “I refuse to do it to my children. This will stay on my face only.”
3.Mr. Konabé : “Our parents did this not to get lost in life. When you went somewhere, you could not get lost.”
4. Mr. Lawal : “It is here in town that I am ‘nobody’. In the village, I am a noble; people bow down when they see my face! I am proud of that.”
5. Mr. Salbre : “ I do not want this for my children. We are the last generation “
6. Ms. Martine : “When I was 10 years, I asked for them. I wanted to be like my brothers and sisters, and to show that I am courageous. “
7. Mr. Guemi : “I already wear my identity card on my face. This is the reason why people did it : to recognize one another. But now, this is over. We can no more be recognized.”
PUR - Stande der Dinge
Day & Night
The photographs in Day & Night look at the face we present to the world and contrasts that with the one we save for only a select few. The work challenges notions of what is considered normal and acceptable.
Albinos, like photographic material, are light sensitive. Light leaves an irreversible imprint on their body. By emphasizing this whiteness –by lack of pigment- the white beauty that makes them stand out, when captured in an image, almost makes them dissolve, consumed by the light. I try to present it as a fragile physical state, an unwanted mask, but at the same time as a powerful metaphor for the ‘other’. The ‘other’ consumed by its ‘mask’, defined by physical features determined by birth, not by choice, they have it in them to turn their fragility into a visual strength. They become a metaphor, a symbol for stereotypes; they magnify the erroneous idea of human weaknesses and physical fragility but also that of (un)earthly, breathtaking beauty.
In my work I try to discover and visualise how the fascination for the ‘other’ can mirror our own motives, become and interpretation of the maker’s view and a reflection of a voyeuristic society while revealing intriguing parts of human nature. I try to show how the subject in itself looks back at us.