A special thought for the photography section which gathered more than 25 photographers from different backgrounds with whom I spent an incredible week!❤️💚💛
Moun a gwoka: a personal project on the traditional culture of Guadeloupe
The gwoka, native of Guadeloupe islands (french west indies) and intangible cultural heritage inscribed at UNESCO since 2014, is part of the traditional French cultures that few people still know today. It has the particularity to be multidisciplinary (music, song, dance) and bear a strong Guadeloupe identity image, inseparable from the history, social context and spirituality of this island of the Caribbean.
Moun a gwoka (in Creole: the defenders of gwoka) it is an immersion in traditional Guadeloupean culture thanks to a multi-sensory experience that includes photographs, audio testimonials, video and sound.
The goal of the Moun a gwoka project is to raise awareness about the values that a traditional culture can bring such as the work of memory, transmission, sharing, tolerance or celebration, not to mention the artistic practices. Values which, in my opinion, are important and indispensable to evolve in harmony with each other in our current world which tends towards individualism.
It is this project that I decided to present to the games of the Francophonie.
Discover more : mounagwoka.com
Games of the Francophonie?
If these games of the Francophonie are not necessarily well known to the public in France, it is an important event in other French-speaking countries. Games of the Francophonie operate on the principle of the Olympic games in sport and culture for the under 35 years, to promote emerging talents of the French-speaking world. I discovered a little by chance the existence of these games but I liked immediately the concept : to leave 10 days to Ivory Coast to meet artists from all over the world and live a super adventure! If the sporting events are organised as standard competitions, the cultural events rely heavily on teamwork, exchanges and sharing. And I think that’s what I preferred in this games. Meetings. I discovered how art, culture, photography is experienced and perceived in other countries, I realized how much we are still privileged in France to do our job that is not recognized as such in some countries. It was a slap, a positive and rich slap that allowed me to think differently. I came back motivated more than ever to work even harder.
In addition to the actual games, it was an opportunity to discover quality artistic creations in photography, sculpture, dance or storytelling. And to discover especially a country, a city. Abidjan does not leave indifferent. The efforts of the country and the people to welcome us were incredible, even if some political tensions could be palpable I did not feel in insecurity. The Ivorian hospitality is not a legend, it feels good very quickly! Of course 10 days with a busy schedule around the games does not allow me to say that I know Abidjan and Ivory Coast. But for me, who has never been to West Africa, or even to Africa, it was a beautiful gateway that makes me want to go back!
Thaks a milion Abidjan! 💚