The Madonnas

 

Saint-Jean de Dieu Hospital in Tanguiéta in the north of Benin welcomes patients from the greater part of West Africa. It has become the only medical centre of note and is perhaps the last resort for those peoples whose first reflex for a long time was to depend on village witchdoctors.

In their way, these portraits tell the story of the place and the life that unfolds there. Soft or concerned gazes, a sobriety in attitude and a sense of dignity. These women do not pose. Their children in their arms, they have accepted looking at the lens, nothing else, becoming Madonnas. Yet here there is another force, another gravity, another warmth.

 

 

Produced with the support of Chaine de l'Espoir-Belgique and the hospital in Tanguieta