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Jill Hartley : Brazaville – Auto portrait


In Congo-Brazzaville alone about 60 distinct languages are spoken daily. To provide a means of communication between different groups, trade languages developed. I imagine that the popular use of paintings on shop signs in African cities, which everyone can understand, emerged as a visual lingua franca.  When I was invited to Brazzaville, it was my first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. I had heard that Africans in general dislike being photographed off guard. When I asked permission, many explained to me that they feel offended by the image of Africa in the foreign press. I see their point; we do see […]

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