ARTIST : Élise Fitte-Duval
PRESENTED BY : AFRICANS RISING
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Heinrich Böll Stiftung
May attention finally be paid to these Humans who know how to tame almost everything.
Let light be shed on these Jambars of a special kind, which have remained invisible to our eyes for too long. To these women. Simply.
In an ideal world, they would need no more than a tenth, if not a hundredth, to shine with their resounding accomplishments.
But in this world of ours, they have had to, against the vagaries of the winds and tides, through the ignominies of war and arms, precariousness and pain, generate more than sons and daughters for our nation, but also dreams if not buildings from nothing.
Invisible of course, but immeasurable in dignity, courage, humanism, faith, and
Resilience, self-sacrifice... In short, it took them tons and hundreds of times to accomplish these gigantic things that they made possible and real, in spite of everything they lacked.
We had to make them timeless but above all existing, now visible and therefore
from now on no longer translucent against nothingness and the occasional forgetfulness of our memories, to all and sundry.
They are told with modesty but also with pride. They delivered with ease these parts of their multiple stories of plural life that embarrassment will surely have made them veil.
Artist born in Martinique, Élise Fitte-Duval has been living and working in Senegal for about twenty years. She graduated from the School of Plastic Arts of Martinique (DNAP, 1986) and from the École Nationale Supérieure de Arts Décoratifs de Paris in 1996 in the speciality of photography. She pursues a photographic research of narrative form. She was awarded the Casa Africa prize for a woman photographer at the 2011 Bamako Photographic Meetings. Until 2018, Élise Fitte-Duval has been an editorial photographer at the Panapress press agency, a pan-African press agency based in Dakar.
All works are reproduced with the kind permission of the artist. and are licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.
This project is co-financed by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the NGO Africans Rising.