‘Flamboya’ refers to the ‘Flamboyant’ tree which blossoms in December and paints the landscape across East and South Africa with countless deep red-and-orange flowers. Yet, maybe this name constitutes the sole remaining concession and reference to an exotic image of Africa in the history of a body of work that otherwise helps challenge this enduring conception. Shot in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, the ‘Flamboya’ photographs stand as paradigmatic for Sassen’s new way of looking at Africa – one devoid of sentimentality and that through poetical metaphors acknowledges the challenges and drawbacks of its complex reality.
Istupidito bevevo nei suoi occhi vividi di tempesta,
la dolcezza che incanta e il piacere che uccide.
L’uomo vive dei suoi problemi
e muore delle sue soluzioni
by Nicolás Gómez Dávila (via magiadelsogno
photography donald christie editing katie barlow thanks to jane how, lia crowe, misako nakazawa
2000 (minus 3)
Curator and Fashion Director Terry Jones Production Design Dante Ferretti
Fashion/Cinema, Biennale di Firenze (1998)