Only in Burundi

'Only in Burundi' is a foremost a book but also an installation.
Here you can see some images of the book, this is a small impression.
Please check also the review on Lensculture

This project is a collaboration between writer Eva Smallegange and photographer Anaïs López.

Background information
During two years Eva Smallegange (writer) and Anais López worked on this book. They travelled to Burundi (Central Africa) and got to know this country, its inhabitants and its culture. Through photography and writing they show contemporary Burundian life in different strata of society. Tying all these colourful stories and images together was a long process, but the results are amazing.

They succeeded in making a book with a positive outlook, containing personal stories of our guide and main narrator Koky. He tells about his childhood and introduces ten of his friends from different strata of society such as: the manioc miller from whom he buys his flour, the princess who was once engaged to his brother, the president and his cousin the cow herder. They share their view on what you need to survive in this intriguing country, five years after the ending of the civil war that raged for years: to get things done you need the right connections.

The project 'Only in Burundi' was on show in Geneva at the UN (the year they sign the peace treaty), in Burundi- at the French cultural center, Fotofestival Photoville (NY), Encontros da Imagem (Portugal) and in the Netherlands at the Tropenmuseum and Stedelijk. The project was one of the three finalist at The Dutch Doc Award.

With the financial support of Stichting Sem Presser Archief and EHM we were able to travel to Burundi and thanks to the Charema Foundation for History and Arts and the people who bought the book in advance we were able to publish this project.