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Patrick Willocq. The song of the Wali

90 min visit

Centre d'Art Contemporain intercommunal
7 Jun → 10 Dec 2021
From Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. On Saturday from 10am to 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm. Closed on Sunday

« Confusing images between documentary and art!  »

The title of the exhibition is reminiscent of the 2016 documentary film by Patrick Willocq and Florent de La Tullaye. It shows the Ekonda Pygmies who live in the equatorial forest of the Congo. The "walés" means "women who breastfeed". They are young mothers who live in seclusion with their children, surrounded by other women who look after them. During this special stay, they have to create a show with traditional dances and songs for their release day. It is through these artistic-documentary images that Patrick Willocq reveals this symbolic ritual of the Ekonda Pygmies. Since his first trip to Africa in 2012, self-taught photographer Patrick Willocq has devoted himself fully to photography. He describes his work as an "artistic documentary production". Because at first glance, one might think that it is only a staging. In reality, they are more like photographic tableaux with the active participation of the model, which draw up portraits of the Ekonda Pygmies of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This exhibition is part of the photographic journey of Istres Ouest Provence as well as the Week of Living Well Together. Every year, the Centre d'Art Contemporain holds photographic exhibitions that reveal its cultural diversity.


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