Thanks to photographs of craftsmen, farmers, transporters and market vendors, we get a unique picture of the social and economic organisation of this Central African people. His curiosity is particularly aroused by Congo’s still-vibrant cultural heritage and its arts and crafts. His photographs testify to the power of ancient ceremonies and the excitement that popular celebrations still generate. They reveal at the same time the still intact prestige of the traditional leaders and the undiminished attraction of the ancient cults. In this spectacle, Angelo Turconi is not just a witness, but a guardian of knowledge, an archivist, a historian of images. His photographs take us to a fascinating world that is equally contemporary, but where traditions and magic – not yet diluted by the globalisation of culture – are still alive and well.
Les Lunda – The Lunda – République Démocratique du Congo – Democratic Republic of the Congo€35.00
The Lunda are a dignified people. Powerful, brave, proud and loyal to the traditions of their ancestors. The Lunda were one of the most respected and successful civilisations in central Africa from the 18th to the mid-19th century, but even in the 21st century their culture and traditions remain vital and relevant.