2015 - Mbomou region - Central African Republic
"In the Far East Central African Republic, some two hundreds kilometres from any habitation, a natural reserve emerges.
Its creation drains exclusively a male workforce, running away from the economic gloom, which hit their villages. Most of those men worked for Areva, the nuclear world leader company, until the exploration site shut down. This natural reserve represents one of the few work opportunities in this area. On the spot, welders, masons, cooks and rangers assigned to anti-poaching live together.
I followed for almost a year those workers exiled in a No Man’s Land."
Through this photographic project, I wanted to portray a positive image of the Central African Republic. This project was made in 2015, when the conflict, which had started in 2012, was still going on. Only sad and miserable pictures were brought from this enclave country in the middle of the African continent. This country has faced regular conflict for a long time with trivialization of violence as a consequence. Despite this situation, life is going on, like nothing ever happened.
12 pictures from this project were shown at the french Festival "Rendez Vous Image" in Strasbourg, January 2017.