In October 2014, Burkina Faso is living a people's uprising. The lower class went out on the streets to show its discontent towards the will from Blaise Compraoré, in power for 27 years, to modify the constitutional law limiting the number of presidential mandates, in order to present himself again to the 2015 elections. Following these riots, the president had to quit.
I have a particular relationship with Burkina Faso. Since my childhood, I am fascinated by the african culture, music, landscapes. I had the occasion to discover this country during a trip during which a family put me up at their own home for three months. I had the opportunity to bond with them. I connection that is still alive today. During that period, I could detect, through people's words, a deep feeling of discontent and anger towards the Compaoré government. They regretted Thomas Sankara, president from 1983 to 1987, political leader with anti-imperialist and revolutionary ideas lauding self sufficiency who called for debt cancellation. This political figure is murdered in 1987, during the coup further to which Compaoré took the power. Compaoré is highly suspected to be involved in these events, and to have been supported by foreign powers. In fact, he engaged into a close relationship with France, in contradiction with his predecessor.
When i heard from the news, that an uprising was on the march, it got my whole attention. I am thrilled that the people from Burkina Faso are gathering to change the political situation of their country.
A friend of mine, Drissa Sangare, active member of the opposition, sends me some pictures of the events with his cellphone. These images lead me to interrogate concepts, such as neocolonialism, North/South relationships. These problematics were the center of my previous series called "Inventio". In this new work, a more affective, intimate dimension is added to these reflections. I am deeply touched by what is going on there and by the fight in which my friend is engaged in. I felt the need to make something out of these images.
This series is composed by photographs documenting the uprising made by Drissa, and others, from my own world, which could come from any world and any time. The photographs of my own symbolize links or bridges that connects our personal stories and the history of our respective countries.
My starting point is a real, political and journalistic fact but I am stepping back from the documentary and from the pure informative dimension, to evolve in a more emotional, affective and poetic practice.