A Life by the sea
Dates2014 - 2016
- Topics Portrait, Landscape, Daily Life
This project, taken in Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a visual poetic commentary on life.
Life is unpredictable and I had never imagined I would live in Dakar, capital of Senegal, one day. I left my home country Madagascar in 2000 to attend university and work in France. In 2011, I moved to Senegal to follow my husband. Maybe a bit naively I thought returning to the african continent, though to a different region, would not require much adjustment. I found myself totally disoriented by my new environment, the different reality and energies. For me, it was an exhausting place to negotiate and the temptation to escape it was great. Instead, I decided to confront Dakar by walking its streets and entering its homes. My intention was simply to immerse myself in this environment, hoping it would help me process the city, make sense of it and address the questions it raised. After 2 years of observation and wandering, I haven’t found many answers. I don’t think I will, but throughout the process I have come to accept the state of things. I don’t think there is anything I can say or do except for that. My project is intended as a visual poetic commentary on life.