Patrick Willocq | Songs of the Walés
In the equatorial forest of Congo (DRC), certain Pygmy women, first-time mothers, live in seclusion with their children in the midst of other women who are responsible for their well-being. They are called Walés, which means 'nursing mothers'. During the time of their seclusion, they must create a performance of dances and songs for the big day: their liberation. "For several years now, I have been translating the songs if the Walés into images, as closely as possible to the experience of these young mothers, actresses who are fully involved in my process, and thus attempt to pierce the mysteries of this tremendously symbolic rite of passage."