Between public and private

The difference between the desert and the city of Nouakchott is striking, but on a second thought there is something about the city that marks the visitor with strangeness and resemblance of the desert, like vague echoes from just outside the city where the vast space of sand and quietness hits you on the face. …

Once a bedouine…

The Mauritanian tent has found its way to contemporary architecture in Nouakchott. If you stroll the streets of Ksar, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, you will not miss the tent shape in practically every other house. It’s a symbol of a lifestyle in which the movable home is now built in cement …

It’s all about sand

Varess is a small oasis village close to Mhairith (أمحيرث) and hardly available for a virtual visit on Google Maps. As a prelude to the urban Nouakchott, where you see signs of nomadic lifestyle even in contemporary housing, I wanted to share a couple of photographs from this region where dates are produced and where …

Next stop Nouakchott

I will soon be returning to Nouakchott on my way to the desert and really look forward to capturing some of the street life and city atmosphere there with my camera. My impression of Nouakchott is a curious sense of intermediary space, although this is not based on knowing much about what it is like …

What is Afropolis?

You may wonder: what is Afropolis? It is my multidisciplinary art project in which I aim to communicate through image and sound some of the dynamics of living in Dakar, Nouakchott, Addis Ababa or Bamako, for starters. The idea for this sizzled in my head for the first time a long, long time ago when …

Afropolis : blog

This blog will have updates related to Afropolis. Blog entries will be multilingual and I encourage you to give feedback in any of the following languages: English, Arabic, Amharic, French, Hassaniya, or Wolof. FR Dans ce blog vous trouverez des mises à jour au sujet d’Afropolis. Les entrées du blog seront multilingues. Je vous encourage …