Lady & Gentleman
Lady & Gentleman is a tribute to the Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. Fela Kuti denounced the intelectual colonization of his people.
Fela’s lyrics speak of the lack of aknowledgement of the african identity and roots:
« I be no gentleman at all o! I be Africa man original » and « If you call woman, African woman no go ‘gree, She go say I be Lady o »
Nowadays the Afro-Brazilian population suffers from similar woes and from the lack of recognition and acceptance of its identity.
Through this photographic essay I have tried to show that even while keeping and respecting their cultures and identities, the African descent peoples from Brazil must also be recognized as modern and elegant.