This page shows some of the photographs I took during a “home residency” in spring 2020, supported by The Kone Foundation. Confined to home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, encounters with people got rarer and rarer in April 2020 so I documented traces of this strange time by chatting with people both face to face and from distance. I asked people to talk about their relationship to their hometown and how the pandemic had affected each and every one of us. They also talked about the city of their dreams.

I also made a documentary, a first in my series of films on urban space and its inhabitants. The first screening of this film will take place on 8 August during the Città Slow week in Kristinestad, Finland.

Afropolis 2020 Saint-Louis. In French, Wolof. Subtitles: Finnish. Duration: 45:14

Afropolis 2020 Saint-Louis
© Takkusaan Films (2020) Jarmo Pikkujämsä

People who took part in the documentary

Mouhammadou Mbaw: “I dream of going to Touba. Touba is my town.”
Anne-Marie Dechamps: “There is a soul in this city, an architectural and human soul. I lived in Africa for a long time and I felt good there right away. The place I love and where I want to end my days is Saint-Louis. There is no other place!
Fatou Kiné Sene: “I adore this island! I love being surrounded by water. I would also like to go to Johannesburg, in a patriotic and African spirit.”
Blaise Abebado: “We must cultivate our land well, it can help us a lot and do us good. Africa is the best – I don’t want to live elsewhere if it is not in Africa.”
Anne-Marie Nadialine: “Even if Senegal is a poor country, we have hospitality. I have traveled to seven European countries but, you see, Senegal is the best, I feel good here!”
Cheihk Tidiane Cherif Diop: “I learnt a lot in Kaolack”
Ibrahima Wagne: “When you look at Saint-Louis you get the impression that it’s taking steps back. We have to modernize the city.”
Saer Diagne: “We need also quiet neighbourhoods.”
Elias Seye: “I hope people would return to Saint-Louis and invest.”
Clémentine Bayel: “The very first Bambara of Saint-Louis live here in Cité Vauvert.”
Khady Fall: “There are a lot of foreigners in Koufa in Nouakchott.”

Streets of Saint-Louis

Afropolis 2020: Streets of Saint-Louis

Streets of Saint-Louis II

Afropolis 2020: Streets of Saint-Louis II

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