European young photography festival
"Lever les Sages" Story shot in Benin by Benjamin Schmuck will be exhibited on March 6th, at Centquatre Paris.
"Lever les Sages", 2021
In Benin, “Lever les Sages” is the act of thanking an elder for the advice they have given. The “wise” are also the dead represented as divinities that the followers – relatives – honour: Egoun, Zangbeto and Guelede belong to this incredibly rich voodoo pantheon. Without knowing who hides behind the mask, and risking death in case of contact with the Egoun’s loincloth, this series aims to capture these apparitions through encounters with revenants as well as the living who call upon them and accompany them.“Lever les sages” questions the representation of death and clan memory.
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