Featured projectFabrice Monteiro – The Prophecy

Environmentally inspired, The Prophecy project is the result of a co-operation between photographer Fabrice Monteiro, Senegalese fashion and costume designer Doulsy (Jah Gal), and the Ecofund organization, which through crowdfunding made the project viable.

Shot at ten representative polluted locations in Senegal, this series of surreal photographs raises a warning for the Senegalese people in a powerfully threatening way. The costumes of the ghostly figures portrayed, which were partially made from garbage, reflect the atmosphere and state in which each location was found. One of the photos, taken in Tambacounda, shows a female figure at the centre of a bush fire like a bare tree trunk, holding up the remains of its foliage in the air to protect it. The annual fires that rage the area serve as a background for this picture: most are due to human error, destroying up to 700,000 hectares of woodland and pastures every year. Another photograph was taken in Dakar’s Hann Bay. What was once West Africa’s most beautiful beach is now polluted by excess blood running into the sea from a nearby slaughterhouse. A mutilated creature emerges from the tide of offal, warning the viewers against the consequences of environmental pollution. Shot in Mbeubeuss, the third scene shows a woman of superhuman size clothed in plastic remains, making her way through a landscape of garbage. Once a green marsh district, Senegal’s largest waste dump still provides space for a marginalized part of the population with its own laws and territorial demands, despite all the prevailing adverse conditions.

 

 

 

  • Lambda C-print on dibond, 80 × 120 cm. Courtesy of M.I.A. Gallery, set design and costumes by Aam © Fabrice Monteiro

    Fabrice Monteiro. The Prophecy #1, 2013
  • Lambda C-print mounted on dibond, 80 × 120 cm. Courtesy of M.I.A. Gallery, set design and costumes by Aam © Fabrice Monteiro

    Fabrice Monteiro. The Prophecy #2, 2013
  • Lambda C-print on dibond, 80 × 120 cm. Courtesy of M.I.A. Gallery, set design and costumes by Aam © Fabrice Monteiro

    Fabrice Monteiro. The Prophecy #6, 2013