In The Missing Link, the Senegalese fashion label Bull Doff and the Beninese-Belgian photographer Fabrice Monteiro come together to recount the disruption of a society hovering between decline and a possible rebirth.
The outfits in the series are gloomy and foreboding: exuding a timeless atmosphere, they use neo-gothic elements and mystical allusions to emphasize the overall composition. The images could be set either in an uncertain past or in the future, and Monteiro’s photographs thrive on this tension; for him as for the fashion designers, it is essential to accentuate what they regard as the sole anchor providing orientation in times of timelessness: family relationships. Thus, staged in a traditional manner between car wrecks and barren countryside, they show several generations of fictional family members. For Bull Doff and Monteiro, the Missing Link is situated between traditional life and postmodern confusion. They confront the complexities of reality – perhaps our reality – with fashion and life that builds on tradition, immaterial heritage and identity.