“Some Mumuhuila girls wear beaded wigs, rich and colourful, which indicate they have had their first periods but are not yet ready for marriage.” –Mario Gerth, on the hairstyles of the Angolan Mumuhuila tribe (2012)
Congo love, is the start of a series of portraits that explore Congolese subculture in Luanda, Angola. The portraits meet the viewers gaze, inviting one to question if in these portraits we can connect hairstyles, make up, beauty ideals, fabric prints as an identity that has been developed by like minded Congolese immigrants in Angola that feel neglected or disconnect from the Angolan society.
What do we have in common?
Women reveal themselves in a posture that symbolize physical attractiveness, sentiment and change over time in the congolese culture present in Luanda. Men simply pose self-assured, while children show their innocence in their posture and facial expression. Congo Love, explores the congolese beauty and the complexity that connects them with Angolan ideologies.