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CHARLOTTE YONGA
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lady with sea urchins
Charlotte Yonga
Color film photography

Charlotte Yonga, is a Franco-Cameroonian photographer, based in Barcelona.

Invited to Senegal by the Blachère Foundation, for a residency led by Versant Sud, on the theme of love, she gives us a dreamlike exploration between documentary and fiction.

Naam Na La 

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Typology

Production residency

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Duration

2 weeks

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Destination

Senegal

AAF presentation

 

Co-production

Blachere Foundation

Dakar, Ngor Island, Gorée Island, and La Somone, Senegal, 2021

 

In May 2021, I was invited to an artistic residency program in Senegal, the theme of which was "Love". I spent a month with this word in mind, in a very intuitive approach.

 

Back in Europe, while I was discovering my developed films, I received a text message from Assane who had posed for me in Dakar. He wrote to me "Naam Na La" translating this Wolof expression as "I long for you".

These words echoed Love as it moves me and as I had unconsciously wanted to reveal it.

 

Love lived in its feeling of immensity and eternity as much as in its gaps and flaws. Potentially uncertain, troubled, ambivalent Love, persisting in bodies and gestures, even in decorations and colors, radiating through its voids and its fullness. Consoling ocean and plant views punctuate the stories like breaths of fresh air, metaphorizing hope, fertility and infinity.

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© Making of: Charlotte Yonga, Versant Sud.
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"Back in Europe, while I was discovering my developed films, I received a text message from Assane who had posed for me in Dakar. He wrote to me "Naam Na La" translating this Wolof expression as "I long for you".

These words echoed Love as it moves me and as I had unconsciously wanted to reveal it."

in partnership with 

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Blachere Foundation

The Jean-Paul Blachère corporate foundation, since 2004, wants to participate in the development of Africa by helping contemporary creation and the promotion of its artists. In its art center, it presents exhibitions and welcomes artists in residence. She also organizes creative workshops in Africa and Europe and participates in major African biennials, including that of Dakar in particular. She is in charge of the conservation of the works of the Blachère Collection.

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