Antonio Aragon Renuncio: Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters

Antonio Aragon Renuncio: Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters
International Photography Grant 2019

Les Sorcières. The witches. The soul eaters. At Burkina Faso. In the middle of the deep savannah. Far from everything. Close to nowhere.

Even today in the Mossi tribal culture many women are accused of being “witches” by their neighbors, simply because they assume that they are responsible for any misfortune that happens in the village. Because of sheer nonsense. Blamed for ignorance, for having disabilities, for superstition, or simply revenge.

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

They hunt them into their houses, bloodlust, wishing their death, in the middle of the savannah. Many of them got killed by the hand of their family, others commit suicide before being protagonists of an evil orgy of suffering and blood. The luckiest manage to escape from the social “justice” and its bleak future. A sneak… stealth… hopeless, destroyed and lonely course.

And they come this far, to the shelter of the “witches”. Overcrowded. Sleeping and eating -thanks to the charity of some kind heart- on the floor. With their few belongings piled at their feet. Ill, old, forgotten, illiterate, exiled, alone. Another hell for women. Women always, always cursed, always alone.

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Antonio Aragon Renuncio – since the mid-90s he has always been involved with the photographic medium: Founds and chairs “Nostromo” Photographers Association (Spain). Professor (over fifteen years) of photography: University of Cantabria (Spain), American University UAM (Nicaragua), Central American University UCA (Nicaragua), Caribbean University URACCAN (Nicaragua), Cantabrian Government and Santander City Hall (Spain)… He organizes and directs the I Photography Festival of Santander. Organizes and leads the project “Los Castros 65” Photo Showroom. He writes about photography in different publications. He was Publisher and CEO in “Xplorer” Magazine (Nicaragua). He has been Free-lance photographer for several International News Agencies. General Manager Xtreme Photo WS (Burkina Faso, Africa)…

In 2003 he founds, and since then he presides, the NGO OASIS (www.ongoasis.org) which develops every year medical projects in some of the most depressed areas of the Gulf of Guinea in Africa, having extensive experience working in Africa. He has exhibited (more than eighty exhibitions) his work in Galleries and Museums: Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art (Madrid), Museum of Fine Arts (Santander), BBK Foundation (Bilbao), Canal de Isabel II Space Gallery (Madrid), Espai de la Fotografía (Valencia), Obra Social y Cultural de Caja Duero (Cáceres), Central Library (England), ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, Ruben Dario´s National Theatre (Nicaragua), MAPFRE Foundation, ONCE Foundation, Museum of Antioquia (Colombia), Fontainebleau Palace (China), University of Hidalgo (México), Osnabrück’s Cultural History Museum (Germany), Burj Khalifa Park (Dubai).

Website: antonioaragonr.com

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

Sorcière. The Witches. The Soul Eaters © Antonio Aragon Renuncio

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International Photography Grant 2019