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Marie Leroux


The blue hour

Benin is considered the cradle of voodoo, an animist cult linked to a very ancient mythology which confers a vital force on all elements, animals, beings or objects.

A country where the spirit world is intertwined with that of the living, where life is so close to death, where a secondary meaning is attributed to everything.

The reality that emerges here contains in itself a beyond, an elsewhere. The imaginary intertwines with the real to draw a territory where the visible does not exist without the invisible. The Beninese oral tradition describes founding myths where the animal is a symbol of sacredness, the incarnation of a divinity.

The blue hour is this gap, this time when light coexists with darkness. Suspended time, indefinable, between wakefulness and sleep, dream and insomnia. A nebulous hour that evokes vacillating territories, the landmarks blurring with the opacity of the night. With it will emerge other shadows, with more subtle contours, imbued with mystery and mysticism.

Marie Leroux


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