Reality and fiction in ethnographic photography of the 1950s

Theme: dance/masked dance
Photographer: Carlo Lamote (°1928)
Patron: Inforcongo
Place of production: Democratic Republic of the Congo > Equateur > Tshuapa
Legend: Semi-naked women performing a traditional dance in front of official photographers of the colonial state. Tying fresh leaves around the waist fits in with a ‘tradition’ that was partly ‘re-invented’ for the benefit of the European public.
Original legend: AU CONGO BELGE. Voici des indigènes Yasayama du village de Yaoforo (district de la Tshuapa) exécutant une danse appelée "Ekata".
Dimensions: 18 cm x 24 cm
Inventory number: HP.1957.1.77