Go to the quest for hope after the extremist attacks in 2016 in the seaside resort of Grand-Bassam, in the south of Côte d’Ivoire. A pilgrimage that led the Ivorian Joana Choumali to the pantheon of the great contemporary photographers. She became the first African woman to win the prestigious 2019 Prictet Prize for Photography.
The announcement was made in the evening of Wednesday during a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, opening the exhibition of the 12 artists who were selected for the contest.
45-year-old Joana Choumali has won her show thanks to her « Ça va aller » series, based on Ivorian jargon and which translates hope for every occasion, the theme chosen for the 2019 British Photography Prize. sustainable development. His photos, taken three weeks after the attacks on the beaches of Grand-Bassam in March 2016, combine street scenes with carefully embroidered motifs. A tedious process that expresses « the way Ivorians approach trauma and mental health, » said the winner. And which reveals more a personal confession and a discreet political satire.