About Patrick Willocq

Self-taught French photographer Patrick Willocq has lived and worked 34 years in diverse cities throughout his career, including Kinshasa, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris. Patrick first developed a love for the Democratic Republic of Congo while living there as a teenager. In 2012, and following a trip back to the Congo, Patrick decides to devote himself entirely to photography (he was working for multinationals in Asia Pacific for over 20 years). Tired of images that stigmatised the nation, Patrick Willocq's work pays tribute to the "beauty, simplicity and dignity" of daily life in the D.R.C. His recent projects explore non-western narratives and mise-en-scenes in collaboration with local communities. By documenting indigenous culture and customs through carefully composed performative images, he is able to take his images far from the usual hackneyed and clichéd depiction of D.R.C. and bring a fresh interpretation of Africa.
The series On the road from Bikoro to Bokonda, won the 2012 AFD best photo project Award and exhibited in over 10 international festivals including Paris Photo 2012 (Finalist SFR Competition) and Photo Off (Paris) 2013.
With I am Walé Respect Me and Forever Walé, produced in 2013 and 2014, a series about an initiation ritual among Ekonda pygmies where female subjects stage their return to society through a lyrical account of their isolation, Patrick Willocq has been selected to form part of the British Journal of Photography « the Ones to watch in 2014 ». He is a finalist of the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013, finalist of Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 and Renaissance Photography Prize 2014. Winner of La Bourse du Talent Portrait 2014 and POPCAP 14, he has also been nominated to the prestigious Arles Discovery Award 2014 and the Deutsche Börsce Photography Prize 2014.

Walé, 2ème regard is Patrick's latest project produced in 2015.

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