Mobilité à risques
Gilles Coulon takes us down the tracks followed by the herds to the south of Burkina Faso to Togo, from January to June, looking for more appetizing pastures and new livestock markets.
He lays our eyes right behind the men who walk in the back or in the middle of the flock and tells with modesty his admiration for these « cowboys ».
“It’s about the notion of mobility that I have focused my work, I shared for weeks the life of the breeders, their walk, their difficulties to move in an increasingly hostile and dangerous environment.”
He tries to place us in the sacred atmosphere of the adventure experienced by transhumant shepherds, unrecognized as major “modern” economic operators, who are, nonetheless, real smugglers of trade secrets between the different regions they cross, across borders, twice a year.
With this series made in 2016, Gilles Coulon takes us on legendary tracks of a necessary quest: the change of horizon.
Text by Chab Touré
He won the 1st prize of the World Press Photo in the category «daily life» for a first work on transhumance between Mali and Mauritania.
Solo show: Gilles COULON
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HALLE DES BLANCS
10 – 12 mai 2019