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Guy Le Querrec: Lobi

Guy Le Querrec journeyed to Ghana to document the daily lives of the ancient tribal Lobi people

Guy Le Querrec

Guy Le Querrec | Lobi At Tilpité Kambou's home. Second funeral of his first wife Palatona Kambou who died December 20, 1997. Village of Djiliniora in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 6, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Near Tilbété Palenfo's home, who is in charge of the village administration. Before the Second funeral of Koundiema Hien, taking place in the nearby house. Village of Bouli in Lobi country, Burkina (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Near Tilbété Palenfo's home, who is in charge of the village administration. Before the second funeral of Koundiema Hien, taking place in the nearby house. Village of Bouli in Lobi country, Burkina (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Various preparations at Tiofité Oussé's. Third day of the second funeral of Tiofité Oussé, chief of the village, born around 1918, deceased on August 8, 1997. Village of Bakono in Lobi country, Bur (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Various preparations and hairdos for the ceremony at Tiofité Oussé's. Third day of the Second funeral of Tiofité Oussé, chief of the village, born around 1918, deceased on August 8, 1997. Village o (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Departure of the customary hunt led by Mayebthe Da, master of ceremonies of the village of Dipla. The hunters come from the villages of Djangara, Dipla, Thegnonkoura and Hinkpa. Village of Thegnonk (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Talisman maker Ouolfaté Da's making of protective objects, composed by several animal parts, at the clients demand. Village of Djangara in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 9, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi At Tilpite Kambou's. The Second funeral of Palatona Kambou, Tilpite Kambou's first wife deceased on December 20, 1997. Village of Djiliniora in Lobi country. Burkina Faso. March 6, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi At Tiofité Oussé's. Third day of the second funeral of Tiofité Oussé, chief of the village, born around 1918, deceased on August 8, 1997. Village of Bakono in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 11, (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi At Tilpité Kambou's home. Second funeral of his first wife Palatona Kambou who died December 20, 1997. Village of Djiliniora in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 6, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Stadium at Gaoua sports area. Before a women's soccer match celebrating International Women's Day. Gaoua in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 7, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Form 1 class at the primary school of the Olkopouo village. The teacher for this class is Nolieba Youl, who is also principal of the school. Village of Olkopouo in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi At Nofuté Hien's home. Second funeral of Koundiema Hien, who died at the age of 130 in October, 1997. Small village of Bouli in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 3, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi Preparation of the millet beer, "Taan" at Tiofité Oussé's. Second day of the second funeral of Tiofité Oussé, chief of the village, born around 1918, deceased on August 8, 1997. Village of Bakono i (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Lobi At Nofuté Hien's home. Second funeral of Koundiema Hien, who died at the age of 130 in October, 1997. Small village of Bouli in Lobi country, Burkina Faso. March 3, 1998. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer Guy Le Querrec has shot many stories in Africa. This book is about his work in the territory of the Lobi, an ethnic group from Ghana, living in Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. It features work documenting ‘last funerals’. From January to April because of the dry season, farming is slowed down. This gives the Lobi ethnic group the opportunity to celebrate the traditional ‘last funerals’. Months after the burial of an elderly person, the wealthiest families organize ‘Second funerals’ to let the soul of the deceased leave the houses and join their ancestors. During several days families and friends gather to dance, drink and make sacrifices.

Through his compositions, in which abstractions, movement, and humor intermingle, he focuses on everyday gestures linking adults and children: celebration rituals, games, and music. He shows, without affect nor exoticism, how the Lobi, while accepting modern changes, have held on to their culture in which numerous spirits, mediating between God and men, take care of social life matters. Faithful to his decisive instinct, Guy Le Querrec captures with fascination a world we wish was immutable.