The Matriarchs, is a work carried out over more than ten years around the world, by the photoreporter of Algerian and Czech origin, Nadia Ferroukhi.
The photographer takes us into the fragile heart of the last matriarchal societies, micro-societies organized around women which structure economic and social life, while ensuring the transmission of lineage, name, heritage and culture.
Each community has managed to maintain its specificity, despite their patriarchal environment without representing an opposite regime, that is to say the domination of women over men. These female communities are threatened daily by economic and political interests, monotheistic religions, tourism and climate-related changes. The globalization of information and access to social networks make young generations dangle lifestyles that distance them from tradition.
The photographs in this exhibition pay homage to all these communities in which women hold a central place that still exist today and continue to transmit their heritage from generation to generation. Her images tell the stories of all those who, through their distinction, contribute to the diversity of the planet.
Tradition, power and culture are at the heart of this unprecedented exhibition, from China to Indonesia, from Grande Comore to Estonia, from France to Kenya, from Algeria to Mexico, from the United States to Guinea Bissau. .
In resonance with the 16th Biennale de Lyon 2022
Nadia Ferroukhi : Les matriarches
from September 15 to October 22, 2022
Galerie Regard Sud/Lyon
1/3 Rue des Pierres Plantées
69001 Lyon, France