Filip Naudts (1968) started his career as a set photographer with the Flemish public broadcaster VRT (then BRTN). After that, he worked as a photo documentalist at the Antwerp FotoMuseum (1992-2001) and as a photo critic for the Dutch photo magazine FOTO (2001-2006). But since the founding of his photo studio GUARDA LA FOTOGRAFIA (1993) and his solo exhibition at the National Technological Museum of the Czech Republic in Prague (2000), Naudts has also become less and less indispensable in the contemporary photography scene as a photographer. He is steadily making his mark on the market. Yet it is only in 2006 that he considers the foundation strong enough to build a career as a full-time artistic portrait and press photographer.
Whether he creates his own work for exhibitions or photographs commissioned by popular Flemish magazines such as P-Magazine, Ché and Knack, in both cases Filip Naudts is fascinated by both the depiction of beauty and its relativity. Humour as the ultimate weapon.
The Tshokwe are a major people of Central Africa who have been present for six centuries on the borders of Zambia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their structured social organization gave them a military and commercial advantage.
Thanks to this dominant position, they have developed an artistic heritage which gradually became their main identity factor.
Today, there are two million Tshokwe, half of whom reside in Congo DRC. The people continue to assert their desire to exist through their culture. And the power of their art is internationally recognized.
This reference work allows us to discover the daily life of the Tshokwe but also their crafts, the symbolism of their masks, the power of their rites and the fervor of their popular festivals. It makes us understand how their attachment to tradition helps them to chart a course for the future.
Author Angelo Turconi has spent over fifty years photographing the artworks, culture and traditions of the DRC.
33,5 x 24 cm, hard cover