Waaw Open Residency in Ndar: Part 2. vintage/ˈvɪntɪdʒ/

“denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind.”

“Ndar looks like a town stuck in timeless time, totally up-to-date, though still how it always was. Its buildings are full of colour and pastel tones, with detailed embellishments and classical styles. Just marvellous, makes you feel like if you are in a magic island. There is so much beauty in the old, even when the old represents a much uglier version of ourselves. The old buildings of Ndar are much more than beauty, they also represent something very ugly and sinister. Past aesthetics are nice, past realities not so much. Unmarked houses once stored thousands who were about to be stripped of humanity and sent on a journey many wouldn’t survive. Labour which was never rewarded, local queens replaced by foreign governors. Beauty often comes with paradox, and Ndar couldn’t escape it. Coming to terms with such a past is hard when you never had the chance to do so. Even back then, reconciliation and solutions were probably hard. Winning might have been the best way to move on, but losing was probably the most peaceful one. But, losing what? And, winning for who?”

Photoset and words by Emilie F. Yaakaar. Pictures taken in the city of Ndar/Saint-Louis, Senegal. Full single pictures can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsma7cNCw. All Rights Reserved © 2018

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