The Phantoms of Congo River, was shot between 2011 and 2012 and it is inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a novel about the travel up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the center of Africa. Ouedraogo’s series doesn’t stick to the literary narrative, but he rather develops his own, mystical language by depicting the unknown, unusual side of the life on the banks of the Congo Rives. This river has a very rich history and it represents a great metaphor for both the life-giving force and the power of destruction. Through this powerful series dedicated to his motherland, Ouedraogo explores the traces of contemporary African culture mixed with the residues of colonialism and even savagery.
Image rights: Edition of 5 + 2 AP, one format available. Paper Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryté 325 Camera Canon 5D