Burkina Faso Meet !

from FORMAL PORTRAIT to SELFIE

10 November 2016
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Read in: French

It starts with shy portraits and ends with happy selfies…this is how two opposite cultures meet, get to grips with each other and get closer.

Us fist, the designer team, were a little bit worried about working with our future Touareg coworkers. We did know that their culture was very different from ours, and when we met them for the first time, we all were impressed by them: they were very tall, very charismatic, the way they walked, dressed up with their long multicolored boubous, with their faces hidden under their chech, was mighty.

We started to create bonds thanks to our creative preferences. We discovered everyone expertise and then we created work team. The daily finaly settled. We created a trust, a collusion. That’s how we started, little by little, to know each other a little bit better. We started joking and teasing each other on our foibles and cultural differences. When we used to take the bus together to go visit ateliers, we used to sing traditional French and Touareg songs. They taugh us a little of tamachek, their mother tongue, we were speaking with them in French but we sometime taugh them a little bit of English and Spanish. I remember the now legendary “ mustache gracias” instead of “muchas gracias”…

At night, after work, we were invited to sit with them, and it’s around a tea that they were talking about their women and they children left behind in the camp and about thein life before they became refugees.

After a few weeks, they organised for us a traditional night and they cook for us and taugh us to dance. This moment was the ice breaker, and we quickly begin to have fun with each other, take selfies, do high five, run after each other to stick a fish on our backs on April the 1st

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