Between May 1988 and January 1990, the photographer François Huguier went through the Dakar-Djibouti Mission which crossed Africa from West to East from May 1931 to February 1933. Her travel guide is “L’Afrique Fantôme” by Michel Leiris, the Mission’s secretary-archivist.
In ten years of regular journeys, Mali has become more familiar than Brittany to Françoise Huguier: she did not discover Africa through the diary of Leiris, and the changes that have taken place since the Dakar-Djibouti Mission where not her subject. The “before and after” affect is not what is hitting in the photographs she taken. Her photographs do not say: is not anymore what it used to be, poor Africa etc. On the contrary, they support Leiris’ “sentimental construction” and restitute the “taste for the marvelous” that brought him to Africa.