This series records the story of the biennial horse and rider festival, FECHIBA (Festival Culturel et Hippique de Barani), held in Barani, northern Burkina Faso. It attracts competitors with their horses from the greater region of Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and even Guinea. Competitions include the best-dressed horse and most skilled rider. Traditional music, singing, dancing, and foreign language speeches, often interrupted by gun shots, are part of the festivities.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised in the former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Vera Paulin is greatly inspired by her upbringing in southern Africa. She has travelled extensively and on her travels aims to take photos that tell a story of the people and places she is visiting.
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Vera Paulin~Africa’s Wild West
- Vera Paulin
August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm