October 26, 2015

Hommage to Said Ould Hamody

Said ould Hamody had one of the biggest libraries I have seen in Mauritania with a collection of new and old books and almost all of what had been published about the country. He left this world 40 days ago and family and friends decided to do a gathering to pay hommage to this great man of culture, a writer and a defender of Human Rights.
I didn't know him very well but we had crossed paths many times, inland and in Nouakchott. I had visited his library and had sketched him a couples of times.
A small booklet was published for the occasion with his photo and the pieces written by friends and admirers, both in French and Arabic. I had forgotten my sketchbook so I used it to sketch the event.
The place was full and a small luncheon was served in between were messages and poems dedicated to Said where spoken by his friends.

September 09, 2015

La ferme de Ahmeda à Toujounine, Nkc

les oies et les pintades

Les dindes

les poules

Les autruches

le thé à la ferme 

Seleka et Cristina

La nuit tombe sur la ferme

July 06, 2015

Festival Leyali El medh, Nouakchott

Le Medh Mauritanien, c'est un genre musical spirituel spécifique aux anciens esclaves, par lequel ils exprimaient leurs souffrances et par lequel ils imploraient Allah d'alléger leur souffrances.
Au Village de la Biodiversité à Nouakchott et pendant trois nuits plusieurs Medahes (les deux genres et toutes les générations) ont enchanté un publique mélange que c'est déplace pour écouter les louanges au Prophète.
Une très belle initiative que ne se limite à une sortie dans une espace agréable comme le jardin du Village puisque des Conférences sont organisés et une mise en place de documentation de cette tradition orale est déjà en cour.
Bravo au directeur du Festival et à toutes les organisateurs.
Vous pouvez aimer leur page facebook ici et découvrir les photos des soirées.

May 29, 2015

a little friend of mine sick in Nouakchott

with his dad watching over him 

with nurse and female pediatrician in the back

it hurts he says but no crying

May 24, 2015

TED x Nouakchott at Cinema Galaxy

last details for slide presentations

light and speakers, public waiting 
LMK recording event, public

second speaker, the US Emb. Larry André on 'Objectivité'

The much loved presentation of Mr Sahuc the man that build Nouakchott laying the first stone in the 5th May 1958

Must say this young woman did shake the audience, Najwa Kettab is a sociologue

Dr Dia spoke of the difficulties of doctors (not only psychiatrist) of sharing patients with local practitioners and of empathy

Jean Marc Dignac, a passionate about environment and how to change our ways for a better world

Mr X, slammer, worth the wait to listen to him

portion of the text that Mr X read out to a enthralled audience or what was left of it
Find out more about TEDx Nouakchott in this article by MKL (french)

May 11, 2015

quick visit to Saint-Louis du Sénégal

view from Saint-louis Island towards mainland

mix page with horse carts and people communicating

the sacrifice beast 
collecting rubbish for re sale
A very quick visit Saint- Louis du Sénégal or Ndar its name in Wolof, a city not far from the Southern border of Mauritania.
During Spring, the city hosts 3 different Festivals, arts, jazz and Contemporary dance, all held between Mai and early June, attract visitors from Senegal and from Mauritania.
With plenty of choice to eat and sleep for all pockets and a beautiful atmosphere its the perfect place to visit.
Siki Hotel at Saint-Louis Island North

Restaurant La Kora, saint-Louis North

April 30, 2015


Hamadi Dia and his instrument  built by him.

Diego del Morao, flamenco

Malouma Meidah et Diego del Morao

April 14, 2015

around the IFM, Nouakchott

generation fin 90's à l'IFM

Arnaud Contreras et Catherine Ruelle

débat à l'IFM après le film Timbuktu d'Abderrahmane Sissako