Women of the Water fotoboek Benin - Essamba
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Women of the Water - fotoboek Benin - Angele Etoundi Essamba
In de kust zone van Benin fotografeerde Essamba hoe vrouwen daar creatief leven en overleven door slim gebruik te maken van de mogelijkheden die het leven op water biedt.
Ganvié, the Venice of Africa born out of slave resistance is a city on water located on lake Nokoué. It is placed in a large lagoon area with an independent eco - system about thirty kilometers from the capital Cotonou (Benin). In the first half of the 18th century the Tofinu searched for a location to entrench themselves in order to escape captivity from local enemies and slave traders. Their enemy's beliefs did not allow them to fight on water. They found a suitable place on Lake Nokoué. They built huts entirely on stilts, made canoes out of tree trunks and learned how to sail, to row and to fish. This is how a community was formed on the water. Ganvié is unique.