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Patrick Willocq: On the road from Bikoro to Bokonda (Western DRC)

Artist Statement via lensculture

A testimony of everyday Batwa Pygmies and Bantu life in the province of Equateur, Democratic Republic of Congo. Together with the villagers, themselves actors committed to contributing to our project, I depict through a series of images various themes, such as education, religion, the relationship between men and women, the role of the forest and globalization. My long term immersion in these villages and the resulting complicity with villagers is at the root of these “bush theatres” that are artistically driven but yet reflect fundamental social problems and development needs.

I grew up in this country that I love. I know very well these villages since, parallel to my photographic work, I have been offering for the last 2 years community-based and fair-trade adventure tours to meet and discover  these villagers. I have always been struck by the beauty, simplicity and dignity of daily life, despite all the hardship they face.

I also wanted to go beyond images conveyed by Western media and show a Congo that we are not used to see because too often buried in images of war. I specifically wanted to witness the peace that prevails in the West, a different reality than the Eastern Congo. A reality that Western media regularly focus on and, although dramatic, stigmatizes the whole country.

* love love love this.

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Look at the Flip Side: Summer Alternatives to Flip-Flops

I was invited to work with Dennis Blanco at Bonobos again this past week on some illustrations of some good footwear alternatives to the not-so-sartorially-acceptable flip-flop.

I didn’t mind wearing flip-flops when i did so, but I’m happy that I’ve moved on to some strappy sandals (they me feel like the wing-footed Hermes) and espadrilles, which are just super cute.

I could never pull off boat shoes though.

Thanks again to Dennis Blanco, for inviting me to work on these illustrations for Equateur!

“I cried because I didn’t have shoes until I saw a kid who didn’t have feet.”

This quote represents Guaysamin’s interest in social change and in our collective obligation to help one another through difficult times

”J’ai pleuré parce que je n’avais pas de chaussures jusqu’à ce que j’ai vu un enfant qui n’avait pas de pieds. ”

Cette citation représente les intérêts que Guaysamin avait dans le changement social et de notre obligation collective de nous aider mutuellement à travers les temps difficiles.

41 - IN FRENCH WE TRUST
  • 41 - IN FRENCH WE TRUST
  • NIGHT DRIVE RADIO MIX
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NIGHT DRIVE RADIO MIX 


— 41 - IN FRENCH WE TRUST

01. KAVINSKY - Endless
02. JUVENILES - Strangers
03. NOIR CŒUR - Endless Bummer
04. EQUATEUR - Luv Express
05. BOIS NOIRS - Rollercoaster
06. FREEDOM FRY - Friends And Enemies
07. O SAFARI - Taxi (Les Filles Et Les Garçons Remix)
08. PONI HOAX - Life In A New Motion
09. APRIL SHOWER - Red Wine And Chocolate
10. HYPNOLOVE - Come To My Empire (Bufi & La Royale Remix)
11. DOMBRANCE - The Witch (Feat. Sourya)
12. GRIEFJOY - Touch Ground (YUKSEK remix)
13. MANSFIELD. TYA - Logic Coco (Scratch Massive Remix)
14. ANDREA - Want You Back
15. MABROUK - On The Other Side
16. LEONIE PERNET - Blue Is Dead